Sympatico: Ain't No Bagger Vance

My latest Sympatico column went live yesterday. And yes, I’m a big fan of Steve Williams:

Steve Williams didn’t hit a driver this past weekend at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. He didn’t hole any 12 footers for birdie, and he didn’t chip it tight in the middle of the final round for that crucial par. And frankly he doesn’t deserve the attention he’s receiving for carrying Adam Scott’s bag over four rounds.

After all, a caddy can be a big help to his player – but he doesn’t have to make the shots under pressure. The television camera may follow the conversation of a loop and his player, but you’ll never see the camera rest on the caddy while the player is hitting the ball to the green. The caddy isn’t the star – he’s part of the supporting cast.

The caddy is a lot of things – amateur psychologist, club cleaner, umbrella holder, range finder, support system – but he doesn’t face the pressure of having to stuff a 7-iron when the leaderboard is cluttered with others vying for a million-dollar pay day. What’s the worst that can happen? A caddy can drop a club in a pond – something Williams did while working for Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup in 2006. But even that gaff didn’t cost Woods a single stroke.

You wouldn’t have known that having watched Williams’ performance this past week. When was the last time a caddy got interviewed following a win by the player they were working for? And has a caddy ever relished the spotlight more than Williams did before, during and after the Bridgestone?

The full column is here.

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  • When it comes to the press they’ll push to get a story any way they can, especially if Tigers involved.

    So sad to see this partnership dissolve but glad to see that Williams and Tiger are not mud slinging and staying somewhat cordial to each other although Stevie’s comment I felt was a bit below the belt.

    How can you compare a Bridgestone win vs winning a Masters.

    I think it’s time to turn the page and focus on moving forward. It definitely looks like the change will help Stevie, Tiger, on the other hand, is still struggling. Could it be some bad karma coming back to bite him in the a… maybe he needs to sacrifice a few more golf shots to the golf gods. Personally. I think his season is over.

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