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Tiger will cope without Williams, says O'Meara

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Tiger Woods fired Steve Williams after 12 years and 13 major titles.

WALTON ON THE HILL, England (AP) — Mark O'Meara says Tiger Woods has lost one of the best caddies around in Steve Williams but believes his close friend will cope without the New Zealander.

O'Meara last communicated with Woods about three or four weeks ago by text and knew of the 14-time major winner's plans to split with Williams after 12 years.

O'Meara tells the Associated Press that "they had a great run together as a team. Steve Williams is a loyal guy but Tiger is Tiger."

Speaking Thursday after the first round of the Senior British Open at Walton Heath in south England, the two-time major champion says "for a caddie, there's not much better than Steve Williams. But as good as Tiger can play at times, he doesn't need a whole lot of help out there."

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