THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The caddie for Tiger Woods received a reprimand, but not a pink slip.
Steve Williams generated plenty of headlines this week when he was quoted at a charity dinner in New Zealand calling Phil Mickelson an obscenity and confirming in another newspaper that he doesn’t like the three-time major champion.
That led to Mickelson putting out a statement extolling the class of his own caddie, and Woods issuing a statement that said he was disappointed by his caddie’s “inappropriate” comments.
“What ended up happening is I communicated with Phil, and we have discussed it,” Woods said Wednesday. “I talked to Stevie about it, and he feels bad what happened. At this point, that it happened at all is something that none of us really wanted to have happen. But it’s over and done with, and we put it to bed.”
Woods was asked if Williams will be on his bag when he returns next year.
“Yes, he will,” Woods replied.
Then he paused.
“I don’t know what he’ll be carrying yet, but … “ he added with a smile.
It was unclear if Woods was referring to the end of his corporate sponsorship with Buick – its logo has been on his bag for the last nine years – or if he was going to make sure the bag was extra heavy.