Tiger Woods and Steve Williams won a lot of major tournaments together. The golf prodigy and the veteran caddie were a duo from 1999-2011, winning 13 of golf’s biggest events.
The caddie stopped working with Woods in 2011 and, after being on Adam Scott’s bag for a couple of years, retired from the sport.
Williams said he hadn’t watched a golf tournament in 2017, but he couldn’t help but watch The Masters earlier this month.
Woods, who began his career with a win at The Masters in 1997, won his 15th major tournament at the iconic event this year.
Williams couldn’t speak more highly of what Woods accomplished.
“You look at it from a broader perspective,” Williams said, per ESPN. “Here in New Zealand, golf is somewhat struggling. The number of rounds is down, junior numbers are slipping. Now that Tiger has come right back there again, winning a major championship, possibly putting Jack’s (Nicklaus) record in play again … it just re-energizes the game.
“It’s absolutely awesome. He’s the only guy who can energize the game like that. All those kids who were watching had to think it was fantastic. And so what he’s done is a remarkable achievement. It’s so positive.”
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— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) April 22, 2019
Woods is now working with Joe LaCava, who has been on his bag since he fired Williams in 2011.
The duo has won one major together, with plans for more.
Woods is expected to contend at the PGA Championship next month and the U.S. Open later this year. Both tournaments are being held at courses (Bethpage Black and Pebble Beach) that the star golfer has dominated before.
It sounds like his former caddie will be watching, too.