The former caddy of Tiger Woods’ Steve Williams was today forced to issue an apology to the fallen star after he admitted that comments he made last night about the golfer “could be construed as racist”.
Williams, who now caddies for Australia Adam Scott following his sacking by Woods during the summer, made his comments at the Annual caddy awards in Shanghai. Despite the event being a low key event with comments at the event generally regarded as off the record, the comments by Williams shocked many of those present and the story came out.
A statement issued on his website read “I apologize for comments I made last night at the Annual Caddy Awards dinner in Shanghai. Players and caddies look forward to this evening all year and the spirit is always joking and fun. I now realize how my comments could be construed as racist. However I assure you that was not my intent. I sincerely apologize to Tiger and anyone else I have offended.”
Despite being at Wood’s side for 13 of his 14 Major victories between 1999 and 2008, Williams took great delight when Scott won that week, calling it the “best win of my career”.
The latest comments from Williams will stoke the fires ahead of the Australian Open where both Scott and Woods are both playing.
The agent of Woods, who is already in Australia and is aware of the remark, Mark Steinberg was reported as saying: “If multiple reports, which all seem to be accurate, are true, then it’s sad it’s come down to this.
“It’s a regrettable comment and there’s really nothing that Tiger can do or say. He’s just going to move on.”