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Could Steve Williams’ return to Tiger’s bag be a temporary gig?

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They’ve seemed inseparable at times — walking the fairways, racing cars together under the lights in New Zealand, as well as being there during difficult times. Some called them the perfect player-caddie match.

Steve Williams was the ying to Woods’ yang. A cool customer on the outside, Williams was never afraid to let Woods know when he meant business. During the 1999 PGA Championship, Williams spoke up and all but guaranteed his line on a critical putt on the 17th hole was correct. He was right. Woods made the putt and went on the beat Sergio Garcia in a memorable major championship.

Since then, Williams and Woods have been a lethal combination. But could all the be changing with Woods’ return to the game?

Very little has been mentioned of late with regards to the future of Steve Williams and Tiger Woods as a player-caddie duo. When word broke of Tiger’s scandal, Williams claimed he had no idea what was going on.

He said he was “disappointed” at Woods for letting his family down. That was literally all we’ve heard from the New Zealander until today, when word broke that Williams would be back on Wood’s bag for the Masters.

“I told Tiger I‘d be there,” he said. But for how long is the big question.

Ryan Ballengee (who seems to have sources in every corner of the golf world) of Waggle Room claims there’s a couple names being throw around as replacements for Williams, should Tiger decide to change directions after the Masters.

Given all the instability in his life of late, a move away from his current caddie seems like a questionable one — especially given their success in recent years.

On one hand, the move would represent a clean slate for Woods to work with post-scandal. But who knows how that would go over with the rest of the golfing community.

So who are some of the names being linked as a potential successor to Willaims? There are some
big names, that’s for sure.

Joe LeCava, Fred Couples’ long time looper, as well as Bill Foster, Lee Westwood’s caddie are the two names being rumored.

While both would bring a lot of knowledge and experience from working with high profile names, neither would appear to be in the market for a move. But that could all change if TW placed a call.

I honesty can’t see Tiger making a change after the Masters — especially given the closeness between the two. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see what transpires after the tournament.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

03/23/2010 at 10:09 pm

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