Auckland: Tiger Woods’ sacked caddie, Steve Williams, has said that he wasted the last two years of his life by staying with the former world number one.
After 12 years working together, Woods sacked Steve Williams this week.
“Realistically I could look back, and I have wasted the last two years of my life because he was played infrequently, he was been injured and played poorly. I was prepared to hang in there through thick and thin so I find the timing extraordinary,” Williams said.
Woods and Williams were together for 12 years and 250 tournaments, which produced 72 wins including 13 majors.
In the past 20 months Woods has changed his swing coaches, lost four major sponsors, and was divorced from his wife. He has not won a major since the 2008 US Open and his world ranking has fallen to 20th.
Williams said he is ‘shocked and disappointed’ over his sacking, and indicated that ‘his loyalty’ had been betrayed.
“I understand that is part of the game. To be let go after staying incredibly loyal during the most difficult time in his life and then for him to decide that he needs a change, I think that the timing has been very poor,” Williams said.
“When Tiger went through the scandal, as it is known, I was obviously very disappointed in him, as everyone was. Obviously I lost a tremendous amount of respect for him and I told him that he had to earn back my respect. Whatever respect he may have earned back, he has just lost,” he added.