As if Tiger Woods did not have enough problems at the moment, his former caddie Steve Williams has released an autobiography in which he accuses the 14- time major champion of treating him “like a slave”, of “disrespecting the game of golf” and, perhaps more embarrassingly, re-opening the mistress scandal with fresh insight.
Williams, the gruff New Zealander who’s has come in for his own amount of criticism over the years, has not held back in “Out of the Rough” which comes out on Monday.
Many will see this as belated payback by Williams for being sacked by Woods in the wake of the sex expose at the turn of the decade, but one thing seems certain – as the golfer is confined to bed after his third back operation in just over a year, this will not make comfortable reading in his recuperation.
“One thing that really pissed me off was how he would flippantly toss a club in the general direction of the bag, expecting me to go over and pick it up,” Williams writes. “I felt uneasy about bending down to pick up his discarded club – it was like I was his slave. The other thing that disgusted me was his habit of spitting at the hole if he missed a putt.”
Williams, who was with Woods for 13 years and with whom he won 13 majors, for the first time provides insight into the moments Woods and his camp realised he was going to be at the centre of a media storm which was to change his world and ruin his saintly reputation forever.