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Woods Ends Williams Race Row

Former caddie "not a racist"

Posted Nov 10, 2011 by Chris White

Tiger Woods has defended Steve Williams

Tiger Woods has moved quickly to end media speculation by insisting that despite being hurt by what his former caddie said, Steve Williams is “not a racist.” 

Williams, who parted company with Woods in the summer and now carries Adam Scott’s bag on the Tour, made his comments at a caddies’ awards dinner in Shanghai where he joked that the light-hearted award he won showed Woods right.

The New Zealander realised that the comment he made could be construed as racist, but said “that was not my intent. I apologise to Tiger and anyone else offended.”

Woods, to his credit, said “life goes forward. It was hurtful certainly, but it’s done. It is a comment that shouldn’t have been made, and one he wishes he hadn’t. We talked about it and we agreed it was the wrong thing to say, and he apologised. It’s done. But he certainly isn’t a racist.”

The pair were speaking in a press conference ahead of the Australian Open, where Woods is hoping to get back to the form he showed in partnership with Williams. Together, Woods won 14 majors, of which Williams was there for 13, and it is estimated that he earned $12million (£7.5million) working for the former world number one, who recently dropped out of the top 50.

Now Williams has apologised, is that the end of the matter? Have your say here, on Twitter @ImagineGolfClub and on Facebook by clicking here.

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