More Ado About Tigers Caddie
Then there was a second wave of E-mails that indicated the sentiment in favor of Williams was much more favorable.
Meanwhile on Woods own website, he conceded that Williams could have handled things in a more delicate manner. Woods also stressed that tournament officials needed to be stricter in their enforcement of policy as it relates to photographers at events.
It was time to move on.
Then I got this E-mail from a prominent tour caddie, one who has been on the winning bag at a major championship.
Steve HAS become a wacko..a guy who used to be one of the guys has become a distant individual from the caddie ranks, wrote the caddie. I understand how prolific his job is, but I think one of the biggest complaints from sports fans in America is seeing very successful people in their respective sports have a severe personality/attitude change due to the successes they have experienced. Steve should take some lessons in humility from the caddie (Bones) of the next No. 1 player in the world (Phil).
Then I read Rick Reillys column in Sports Illustrated. Reilly knows his golf but he is usually more representative of what the general sports fan is thinking.
Wrote Reilly: Tigers caddie, Steve Williams, has all the charm of a rhino with an impacted molar. He doesnt speak to the media, rarely talks to the fans and has the look on his face of a man whod very much like to pinch your head off. At Shinnecock he kicked a photographers camera on Friday and reached into the crowd to snatch another camera on Sunday. Once, at a Skins game, he took a fans camera and threw it into a lake. The man has ruined more pictures than Sylvester Stallone. Hey, heres an idea: Fire the caddie and rehire the coach!
Finally one other reader decided to put the whole thing into verse:
They call me Steve Williams and Im a real good caddie
But start taking pictures of Mr. Woods and I go a little battie(sic)
We havent won a major now in eight major tries
You can only take pictures when we beat the other guys
I dont just carry clubs, get the yards and be a moderator
Im a new breed of caddie and a camera confiscator
I dont want to scare you so think before you do
And leave your camera at home before coming to Pinehurst No. 2
Not exactly Robert Frost. But you get the idea.
Should Woods fire Williams? I think that solution to the problem is a little harsh.
But, swing problems aside, I think Woods needs to try to have more fun, particularly at the majors. It would help him if Williams could assist him in this area. If Williams, by all accounts a fundamentally sound caddie, is a humorist, I still havent seen evidence of it.
Hey, guys: Lighten up. Take a page from the book of Fluff Cowan, Tigers erstwhile caddie.
Can you imagine Arnold Palmers caddie acting like a thug? I cant.
Now lets get all this behind us. Please.
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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome
Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)
The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...
And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.
Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas
He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.
Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.
Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.
In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.
Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.
Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.
Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic
Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double
Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open
Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open
Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row
Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow
Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship
The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ
Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year
And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season
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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com counted down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below. And click here for the full collection of articles.
Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge
ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.
The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.
They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.
Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.
Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.
Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.
''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''
The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.
In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''
Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.