Tiger Woods’ long-time caddy insists that his old boss never used performance-enhancing drugs.
One might think that the golf legend gave in to the PED temptation given that Woods owns the physique of a professional prizefighter. Yet, Stevie Williams, who carried Tiger’s golf bag for over a decade and for 13 of Tiger’s 14 Major victories, told Golf Digest, “There’s no chance. Love him or hate him, Tiger always respected the game. He knows its history and people, its standing in sports and the world. He always knew what golf did for him personally.”
Williams explains that Tiger loved to work out and that may have helped Woods more mentally than physically. “As for his game, I’m not sure it helped him much, especially working with weights. Certainly he hit the ball farther when I first saw him than he did later.”
Williams shouldered the bag of golf legend Greg Norman for years before becoming Woods’ caddy. He also caddied for Australian Adam Scott after being fired by Woods in 2009, when Tiger’s personal and professional life imploded during his much publicized sex scandal.
“The way Tiger fired me in 2011 was disappointing,” he explained. “He told me about it over the phone. Not hearing it from him face-to-face really bothered me.”
Williams proceeded to help Scott move to the top of the world rankings for 11 weeks and win the Masters in 2013.
The New Zealander, who contends that for 35 years he never missed a week caddying due to illness and was never late for a tee time, returns to carry Scott’s bags again exclusively for the three remaining Major championships in 2015.
Money won’t be the reason he returns to help his good friend, who has fallen to number 12 in the world rankings.
When asked about his earnings as a PGA tour caddy, Williams says bluntly, “Did I do well? Let’s just say I could have retired a bit earlier than I did.”