Caddie Williams takes racial jab at Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 5, 2011, 1:01 am

Steve Williams shocked a crowd of more than 100 people at the annual caddies' award dinner at the WGC-HSBC Championship in Shanghai when he made a derogatory racial remark about his former employer, Tiger Woods.

Williams was on stage at the dinner, where he received a tongue-in-cheek award from fellow caddies for “Celebration of the Year,” when he was asked to explain his remarks after he caddied for Adam Scott’s win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August.

“My aim was to shove it right up that black (expletive),” Williams said, referring to Woods.

Among the players who heard the remark were Scott, for whom Williams went to work after he was fired by Woods, and Rory McIlroy.

After Scott won the Bridgestone Invitational, Williams told a television audience that it was “the best win of my life.”

Later Friday, Williams issued this apology on his website: 'I apologize for comments I made last night at the Annual Caddy Awards dinner in Shanghai. Players and caddies look forward to this evening all year and the spirit is always joking and fun. I now realize how my comments could be construed as racist. However I assure you that was not my intent. I sincerely apologize to Tiger and anyone else I have offended.'

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Williams' line drew the biggest reaction at a party attended by several players, caddies, officials and some media. There was a mixture of laughter and shock, with some players turning to each other with eyes widened and jaws agape.

All comments at the party are supposed to be off the record, yet several caddies continued to talk about Williams' remark. Approached early the next morning at breakfast, Williams was stunned to learn that British tabloids had gone with the story.

'Why would they do that?' he said. 'The whole thing was meant to be fun.'

Woods was in Australia, though it didn't take long for the comments to get back to him.

'I was with Tiger last night when he heard the news,' Mark Steinberg, his agent at Excel Sports Management, told The Associated Press. 'We got multiple calls from people who sounded like they were leaving the caddie party. Tiger obviously wasn't there. He doesn't know exactly what was said. But if multiple reports - which all seem to be accurate - are true, then it's sad it's come down to this.'

'It's a regrettable comment, and there's really nothing that Tiger can do or say. He's just going to move on.'

Several players who were at the dinner said Saturday morning they did not want to comment. Scott was preparing for his third round of the HSBC Champions, where he was one shot out of the lead. He is going for his second World Golf Championship of the year.

It's not the first time Williams has gotten into trouble for his words.

Three years ago at a dinner banquet in New Zealand, he made a disparaging remark about Phil Mickelson. Williams said that was meant in fun, though Woods had him apologize to Mickelson.

The comments in Shanghai took on an even more sensitive nature among the British press because of soccer player John Terry's alleged racial comments toward Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers in a Premier League loss last month.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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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.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

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