Woods caddie denies knowing of indiscretions

By Associated PressDecember 13, 2009, 3:57 am

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Tiger Woods’ caddie Steve Williams denied on Sunday he had any knowledge of the golfer’s “indiscretions.”

In an interview with New Zealand’s Sunday News newspaper, Williams said he was angry with an American sports writer who said he must have known of Woods’ reported affairs and may even have helped arrange liaisons.

Williams said he spoke regularly to Woods, who had admitted to him he had “a problem,” but the caddie did not elaborate on what his problem was.

He said he had no idea when Woods would return to the PGA Tour.

Woods announced on Friday he was taking indefinite leave from the Tour to focus on becoming “a better husband, father and person.”

“Tiger just said he needs a break and I don’t want to put any pressure on the guy,” Williams told the Sunday News.

“He will know in his mind, and his family will know in their mind, when it is the right time for him to return to playing golf.

“He will have the right people counseling him and between the people that counsel him, his wife and his immediate friends, when he is ready to come back he will be ready to come back.”

Williams sent his “heartfelt wishes” to Woods’ wife Elin Nordegren and said fallout from his revealed extramarital relationships had impacted on his own marriage and family. In a frank interview, Williams said he would quit working as a caddie if he was sacked by Woods.

He reacted angrily to comments by American sports columnist Rick Reilly, who said Woods should fire Williams as part of any attempt to repair his marriage.

“(Woods) needs to clean house,” Reilly wrote in his column in ESPN The Magazine.

“If he wants to keep his wife, he has to get a new agent, a new caddie and some new friends.

“It’s hard to believe all this went on without their help or knowledge. How can she see them as anything but enablers?”

Williams angrily denied any knowledge of Woods’ infidelities.

“What people fail to realize is I (just) work for Tiger Woods,” he said.

“I live in New Zealand, I travel to and from New Zealand to caddie for Tiger Woods. I am not with him 24/7.

“Whilst I am a very good friend of his … I don’t know what he does off the course. His indiscretions have probably been (when he wasn’t playing). When he is not competing, I am back in New Zealand. I have no knowledge of what he is doing.

“I am an honest person. I had no knowledge of what was going on (with Tiger). If I did, I would say I did.”

Williams said he would be ready to carry Woods’ bag whenever he chose to return to competitive golf.

“I have always stated that my last caddie job will be caddying for Tiger,” he said.

“I am committed to him. I understand he needs a break to sort his personal stuff out and I will be there for him when he wishes to return to play.”

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.