Caddie Williams apologizes for comments

Aug. 10, 2011 at 3:57 PM
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JOHNS CREEK, Ga., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Caddie Steve Williams, carrying Adam Scott's bag after being fired by Tiger Woods, apologized Wednesday for touting himself over his boss after Scott's win.

After Scott captured the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club Sunday, Williams gave a TV interview in which he called the event "the greatest week of my life" -- never mind he was Woods' caddie for 12 years and 13 major championships.

"I'm a very confident front-runner," Williams said during the interview with nary a mention of Scott. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous. Obviously, Adam was leading the tournament. I always back myself. I'm a great front-runner when I go racing and I feel like I'm a good front-runner when I'm caddying.

"I'm a great believer in myself."

But Wednesday, Williams was contrite in a statement on his Web site.

"My emotions following Adam's victory were running very high and at the time I felt like my emotions poured out and got the better of me," he wrote. "I apologize to my fellow caddies and professionals for failing to mention Adam's outstanding performance."

Scott said Tuesday ahead of this week's PGA Championship in Georgia, that he and Williams had talked it over and put the issue behind them.

Woods told reporters Wednesday he had sent Williams "a nice text, congratulating him on the win."

Woods said Williams' post-win comments were "obviously his feelings, his emotions."

"He's going to say what he wants to say," Woods said.

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