Tiger's former caddie Williams joins lawsuit against Tour

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On Monday, attorneys amended the class-action complaint filed in U.S. District Court against the PGA Tour, expanding the lawsuit to include 167 caddies.

Among the group added to the lawsuit was Tiger Woods’ former caddie Steve Williams, who told GolfChannel.com last month that he was fined numerous times in his career by the Tour, including on at least seven occasions one season, for taking his bib off while he was on the 18th green of a tournament. The New Zealander said each fine cost him $500.

The lawsuit claims the Tour has engaged in restraint of trade and anticompetitive conduct involving the caddie bib, which has been valued to be worth in excess of $50 million per season by attorneys for the caddies, and challenges the requirement that caddies wear bibs with sponsor’s names on them without any compensation.

“The caddies are not employed by the Tour, they are employed by the golfer and there is no compensation from the Tour to the caddies but the Tour gets compensated for the caddies wearing the bibs,” Williams told GolfChannel.com. “They treat the caddies like second-class citizens.”

The original complaint filed on Feb. 3 included 80 caddies.

Earlier this month the Tour filed a motion for a change of venue, from the Northern District of California to the Middle District of Florida, which is closer to the circuit’s headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The Tour does not comment on ongoing litigation.