Steve Williams

Ireland's golfing year in quotes: Part IV

Key people in Rory McIlroy’s life in 2011 - new girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki and new manager Conor Ridge. Pictured in Dubai on December 10 by Fran Caffrey/www.golffile.ieAll eyes will be on Rory McIlroy in 2012 following his major breakthrough at the US Open. His eight-shot win at Congressional was one of the stories of the year but he also captured headlines for his activities off the course and none came bigger than his decision to sack manager Chubby Chandler and take on Conor Ridge at Horizon Sports Management.

Williams under fire in Shanghai as McIlroy and McDowell challenge

Steve Williams and Adam Scott celebrate in Akron this summer. Picture www.golffile.ieRory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell are in contention for the WGC-HSBC Champions but that’s not going to push Steve Williams off the back pages with the furore over his insulting remarks about ex-employer Tiger Woods unlikely to die down anytime soon.

Scott wins, Williams gloats

Adam Scott holes his final putt as caddie Steve Williams celebrates with a fist pump. Picture by Fran Caffrey/www.golffile.ieAustralia’s Adam Scott closed with an immaculate five under 65 to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by four shots from Rickie Fowler and Luke Donald on 17 under par at Firestone Country Club.

But as Rory McIlroy gave his US PGA chances a boost with a 67 to grab a share of sixth on 10 under, Scott’s caddie Steve Williams did not miss the opportunity to dig the knife into ex-boss Tiger Woods, who struggled to a share of 37th place after a 70.

“This was the most satisfying win of my career,” said New Zealander Williams of his 145th victory and his first since being sacked by Woods last month after 12 years and 13 major wins together.  “A lot has been said this week. I’ve always backed myself and it feels great to back it up. This is the best week of my career so far.”

"He makes one mistake and they run all over the guy" - Steve Williams

Steve Williams believes that media has "run all over" Tiger Woods for making "one mistake".

Speaking to SkySports News, the Kiwi caddie spoke out about what he considers unfair press treatment of "the guy."

Williams said: “I feel deeply sorry for the guy. In the 10 years I have caddied for this guy, he has been thoroughly gracious with the media.  He has never not committed himself to the media. He’s been great and he makes one mistake and they run all over the guy. I think he will be very cautious with the media when he comes back, and rightfully so."