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Tiger’s Caddie Tells All

Everybody Get a Life!

It was only a matter of time. People who work for important people love to get the story and the complaints off their chest sooner or later. High-priced caddie Steve Williams, who once carried the bag and some of the brains for Tiger Woods, has released his tell-all book that we all knew had to come out sooner or later. It was too juicy and emotion-laden a chapter to keep under wraps.

caddie In the newly-released “Out of the Rough,” Williams describes his life on the course, at times being treated like a slave, as Tiger threw clubs in his general direction and committed other niceties like spitting in the hole over a missed putt. Williams considers himself to have been a close friend of Woods, and apparently still does, but bemoans the fact that Tiger didn’t call him for four months after his marital troubles exploded on to the public. He goes on to say that people who know him in his community made him a part of the all-around guilt, calling him an enabler, a liar, and even an accomplice. Amazing, the microscopic eyesight people develop when they think they know everything.
Golf Simplified logoTiger and Williams had a reconciliation that began when Tiger was in rehab, and the famous caddie would work for his old “master” again, provided he doesn’t act like a “master.” To ensure such a change in the goings-on, Williams presented a list of demands, prerequisites if you will, that would enable to the two to work together again – mostly dealing with the issue of respect.

I believe that there are so many sides to a story like this. Everyone is right about some of the things they express, and regarding other things, everybody in this story needs to go out and get a life – except for Tiger’s ex- wife. She did exactly that, and has been pretty courteous, all things considered, in the tell-all business.
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For example, if a man is having marital troubles to such a degree that he is committing all the most horrible marital boo-boos possible, why would he tell anyone anything once it’s out? Even a close friend cannot assume that he is in bounds knowing everything about the story, and being part of the conversation. Sorry, but four months of silence is nothing, certainly not a slight. Tiger’s right on this one.

Treating his caddie like a slave? Score a point for Williams. Woods has gone through life with a lot of talent, an attitude that can survive because he won a lot, and a fairly coarse, unrefined soul. Yes, golf can made you angry enough to throw  club, but the vast majority of us don’t. Likewise, most of us have never spat at anyone or anything as a gesture of hostility. So, he’s crass, probably very difficult to be with in the heat of battle.
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William’s community? They need to get a collective life and stop making assumptions, Another point for the caddie. Small-minded people who accompany it with arrogance and self-righteousness are plentiful, and can’t be avoided. They are eternally voyeuristic, and if Tiger won’t tell-all, his caddie must be at least partially at fault. An enabler? I doubt it, but who knows? An accomplice? I doubt that even more. A liar? Probably not in this case. Maybe you need some substitutions in your community.

On e thing about loyalty, though. I haven’t, and won’t, read the book, but if there are any tell-all chapters about the infidelities themselves, Williams’ claims of “incredible loyalty” are entirely bogus – garbage. “He’s my friend, I’m incredibly loyal to him, I want to help” in parallel with “Guess what he did, here’s where to send the check, let me tell, no me!” isn’t friendship, unless you’re crazy about heaping spoonfuls of Schadenfreude. “Out of the rough” may help the caddie do some venting for his health, but as a human being, it doesn’t sound like anybody is “out of the woods” yet.

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