STEVE WIL­LIAMS: MORE THAN A BAG­MAN

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Inside The Ropes -

It’s of­ten dif­fi­cult to as­sess the value a cad­die brings to a player, and that was cer­tainly the case with Steve Wil­liams when he was work­ing for Tiger Woods dur­ing Woods’ un­par­al­leled reign of dom­i­na­tion. Wil­liams ap­peared to be more bouncer than bag­man while Woods was win­ning 13 of his 14 pro­fes­sional ma­jors, but the truth is, Wil­liams was Woods’ equal in tenac­ity and com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence. Now that Wil­liams’ part­ner­ship with Adam Scott is end­ing after three-plus suc­cess­ful years, we’ve gained a bet­ter ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the New Zealan­der. With Wil­liams on the bag, Scott, tal­ented but lack­ing killer in­stinct, rose to No 1 in the world and be­came the first Aus­tralian to win the Masters. Wil­liams, in fact, made the read on Scott’s win­ning putt that beat An­gel Cabr­era in near dark­ness last year at Au­gusta Na­tional. Scott and Wil­liams parted am­i­ca­bly after the FedEx Cup as Wil­liams, 51, winds down his ca­reer, one marked by fits of brusque­ness and bravado. He seeks a part-time bag, and you’d have to think he’ll find one eas­ily. Wil­liams has gone about his business ap­pear­ing to not care if he made friends. Of­ten he didn’t. He did ap­pear to care pas­sion­ately about his play­ers win­ning. And of­ten they did. – Dave Shed­loski

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