Things just go from bad to worse for former world number 1 golfer Tiger Woods.
Woods’ form has fallen off a cliff over the past few years ever since the infamous sex scandal which subsequently ended his marriage and caused the 14-time major winner to take time out from the game.
And now his former caddie, Steve Williams, has written an autobiography that doesn’t make for pleasant reading for Woods.
Woods and Williams struck up a successful partnership in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, with Williams caddying for Woods for over 13 years before Williams was sacked and the pair spectacularly fell out.
It appears Williams won’t let bygones be bygones, with his new book set to make several claims about Woods’ off-course behaviour and temper.
The autobiography – Out of the Rough – is currently being serialised in Williams’ homeland of New Zealand, and in the first instalment, he writes:
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.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.
He was well known for his bad temper and, while that wasn’t pleasant to witness, he had other bad habits that upset me. I wanted him to prove to me he could change his behaviour and show me – and the game of golf – more respect.
Williams also recalls the events surrounding the sex scandal which engulfed Woods, which hit the headlines straight after an Australian Masters victory.
The joy of winning dissipated in the strangest fashion.
No sooner had Tiger fulfilled his media obligations than he fled to the airport in a chopper, leaving me to head back to the hotel on my own.
As I was driving, I got a text from Mark Steinberg which read, ‘There is a story coming out tomorrow. Absolutely no truth to it. Don’t speak to anybody’.
This book is definitely on our Christmas list! Should be a brilliant read.