By Ryan Mayer, CBS Local Sports
Steve Williams caddied for Tiger Woods through much of the golfer’s extraordinary run at the top of the sport of golf. From 1999-2011 Williams was on Woods’ bag as he racked up 13 (of his career 14) majors and more than 80 million dollars in prize winnings. Since the partnership ended in 2011 however, Williams has often been critical of Woods.
In his new book Out Of The Rough, which comes out tomorrow, Williams had some very harsh criticism of his former employer. According to Deadspin, the caddie compared working for Woods to slavery. Stuff.co has an excerpt of the book published on its site that contains the following passage.
“One thing that really pissed me off was how he would flippantly toss a club in the general direction of the bag, expecting me to go over and pick it up. I felt uneasy about bending down to pick up his discarded club – it was like I was his slave. The other thing that disgusted me was his habit of spitting at the hole if he missed a putt.”
Poorly chosen wording by Williams to say the least. Also, considering that on average caddies are paid at least 10% of a golfer’s earnings, Williams would have made a tidy $8.8 million caddying for Woods in that time frame. The book will be available in stores tomorrow.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.