Tiger Woods ‘Treated Me Like a Slave’: Caddie Steve Williams

Tiger Woods ‘Treated Me Like a Slave’: Caddie Steve Williams
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In a shocking revelation, Steve Williams, the longtime caddie of Tiger Woods, has accused the legendary golfer of treating him like a slave in his new autobiography.


In his tell-all book Out of the Rough, Williams revealed that his boss had a bad temper. A chapter of the book, written with Auckland journalist Michael Donaldson, was published on stuff.co.nz a few days ago.

“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. Tiger listened to what I had to say, the air was cleared and we got on with it – his goal was to be the best player in history and my goal was to keep working as best I could to help make that happen,” Williams wrote.

Williams and Woods were inseparable for 13 years before their split in 2011. Their wives, Kirsty and Elin, were also really close friends and attended each other’s weddings.

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Williams reveals that both Woods and his manager Mark Steinberg became incommunicado for four months after news of Woods’ affair with Rachel Uchitel broke. Williams was annoyed at the fact that Steinberg refused to publicly clear his name of any involvement in the sex scandal.

Kristy, Williams’ wife, wrote: “There was a lot of anger and blame directed at Steve. A lot of people thought he was doing it too (having affairs) and that he and Tiger were going out together – it was a difficult time but I never doubted Steve and neither did Elin. Both Elin and I understood that Tiger knew very well that Steve was the kind of guy who would have told Elin about his cheating, had he known.

“While I appreciated that it would have been hard for Tiger, I didn’t thank him for the phone call. Elin was and is a very good friend. I told him how upset I was about what he had done to Elin and the children, and then asked him to clear Steve’s name in the media, as we were still getting a lot of hate mail and the media were still hassling us. When he told me he couldn’t, I asked why not, and he told me that if he cleared Steve’s name, the media would start asking if anyone else knew, and they did, so basically he was covering their butts and letting Steve suffer,” she further wrote.

In an interview Thursday with Associated Press, Williams expressed his disappointed that publishers highlighted the “slave” reference to promote the book. Williams said, “it one word that could have been changed”.

Meanwhile, Aussie golfer feels the book won’t be a distraction to Woods. “I haven’t been lucky enough to get a copy. Must be in the mail still,” Scott said Thursday at the HSBC Champions. “I don’t know exactly what’s in the book. As I said, I haven’t read it. I think everyone knows probably what to expect.”

The explosive book is set to hit the shelves on Monday.