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Fresh Start For Woods

Parting from caddie all part of the latest comeback

Posted Aug 03, 2011 by Chris White

Steve Williams has been caddie for Tiger Woods for 12 years

When Tiger Woods makes his long awaited, and much talked about return to golf this week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, he will be doing so without the man who has spent the majority of the 14-time major winner’s career by his side.

Last week Woods announced that he was splitting from his caddie of twelve years Steve Williams, stating it was time for a fresh start and “time for a change,” having fallen to number 28 in the world rankings.

While Woods was quite content with his decision, obviously explaining the reasons for his decision and that there had been no problems with Williams, saying how he had helped his career, the now unemployed Williams was not so happy.

Tiger has missed so much golf in recent years that Williams could have gone off and been the full-time caddie for any other player on the Tour, such was his demand. Especially when all of the stories about Woods and his marital issues came out, nobody would have blamed Williams for parting from Tiger. But he didn’t. So when the news broke that Woods was sacking his caddie and “friend”, Williams was furious.

Williams went as far as to say that he had “wasted two years” standing by a man that he thought was his friend and colleague, only to be ditched now prior to his latest comeback attempt.

At this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio, Bryon Bell, a long-time friend of Woods, will be carrying the bag, having caddied for him once before, at the Buick Invitational back in 1999.

Woods has won seven times in nine appearances at the Firestone course, and so many people are waiting for him to step onto that first tee. However, Woods returns under yet another cloud which seem to be gathering more and more in recent years. A fresh start beginning with sacking your caddie of 12 years – there’s something not quite right there. There is only one thing that needs to change if he is to get back to his best, and that is himself – both on and off the course.

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