Phil Mickelson accused Steve Williams of making inappropriate and inaccurate comments last night after it emerged Tiger Woods' infamously brusque caddie had described the world's No3 golfer in unflattering terms in front of 250 people at a charity event in New Zealand.
Williams admitted yesterday he had indeed called Mickelson a "prick" and added, "I don't particularly like the guy [Mickelson]. He pays me no respect at all and hence I don't pay him any respect. It's no secret we don't get along either."
The sedate world of professional golf is unused to such unvarnished opinions being thrown around in public and Mickelson made his unhappiness clear. "After seeing Steve Williams' comments all I could think of was how lucky I am to have a class act like Bones (his caddie, Jim Mackay) on my bag and representing me," the American left-hander said.
Tiger came out and publicly chastised his caddie. I suppose Williams will have to come out with some kind of a public statement because we can't have people talking about one of their fellow stuff shirts this way.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The caddie for Tiger Woods received a reprimand, but not a pink slip.
Steve Williams generated plenty of headlines this week when he was quoted at a charity dinner in New Zealand calling Phil Mickelson an obscenity and confirming in another newspaper that he doesn’t like the three-time major champion.
That led to Mickelson putting out a statement extolling the class of his own caddie, and Woods issuing a statement that said he was disappointed by his caddie’s “inappropriate” comments.
“What ended up happening is I communicated with Phil, and we have discussed it,” Woods said Wednesday. “I talked to Stevie about it, and he feels bad what happened. At this point, that it happened at all is something that none of us really wanted to have happen. But it’s over and done with, and we put it to bed.”
Woods was asked if Williams will be on his bag when he returns next year.
“Yes, he will,” Woods replied. Then he paused. “I don’t know what he’ll be carrying yet, but … ” he added with a smile