The controversial New Zealand caddie had been asked on stage, during a dinner at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, to explain his notorious gloating celebration after Adam Scott’s win at Akron in August. He replied, in reference to Woods: “My aim was to shove it right up that black ——–.”
The remark by Williams left the audience of players, caddies and sponsors aghast. While the occasion had been intended as a light-hearted celebration of the ‘caddie of the year’ award, Williams’ comment was uniformly seen as beyond the pale and escalated his bitter sniping at Woods to a new level.
Scott, the Australian world No 8 whose bag Williams took over after being sacked by Woods in July, was listening in the ground-floor room at the Le Meridien Sheshan hotel, alongside other top-10 players including Rory McIlroy.
The incident took place when Williams, who received a tongue-in-cheek award from fellow caddies for ‘celebration of the year’, was invited to recall his infamous swipe against Woods in Ohio three months ago.
The 47 year-old had accompanied Scott to a victory in the Bridgestone Invitational in their first tournament together, saying afterwards: “I have been caddying for more than 30 years now and that is the best win of my life. A lot has been said and it is great to back it up. I back myself as a frontrunner as a caddie and I have won again.” He later clarified: “I had a lot of emotions going on all week.
Source: Oliver Brown, The Telegraph