Steve Williams has somewhat of a history with respect to losing control on and off the golf course.
He once took an expensive camera from a spectator and hurled it into a water hazard after the camera’s owner allegedly took a picture during Woods’ backswing.
It is also widely known that Williams and Phil Mickelson are not best buddies. However, it came as somewhat of a surprise shock when Williams said: “I wouldn’t call Mickelson a great player, ‘cause I hate the prick”, according to the Guardian newspaper of Britain. Williams, who is enjoying a lot of spare time while his boss is recuperating from knee surgery, made the statement in front of 250 people during a charity golf event in New Zealand.
Williams later added that he has no respect for Phil Mickelson and retold a story from the 2002 US Open at Bethpage that included Mickelson’s breasts (“Hey Phil, nice tits…”).
A number of newspapers were quick to classify Williams’ comment as yet another milestone in the far-from-perfect relationship between golf superstars Woods and Mickelson. However, it became clear that Tiger Woods does in no way tolerate the remark by saying that he was “disappointed” by the comment. Tiger is good friends with his caddie and acted as William’s best man at his wedding. He is also known for being very harsh on employees who have disappointed him.
Phil Mickelson immediately issued a statement through his management company and called the various remarks “inappropriate” and “grossly inaccurate”.
Steve Williams caddies for Tiger since 1999 and is New Zealand’s most popular and best paid athlete. He is also involved in professional speedway racing and has started a foundation for junior golfers in his native New Zealand.
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