Williams: 'Never crossed my mind' to change 'slave' reference

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Caddie Steve Williams has defended his use of “slave” in his autobiography, telling USA Today on Wednesday that it “never crossed my mind” to change the reference when describing his working relationship with Tiger Woods.

“In this part of the world where slavery has never existed, people use slave as a description of their service or work every day,” the New Zealander wrote in an email. “We use the word loosely down under. After reviewing the book several times before it was published, it never crossed my mind to change the word. It merely was a description of how I felt about something and in no way in the context it was used does it suggest I was treated like a slave.”

Williams has changed his tune in the past few days. Last week, in an interview with the Australian Associated Press, he said that he was disappointed by his publishers' promotion of the book excerpt in which he wrote: “One thing that really pissed me off was how he would flippantly toss a club in the general direction of the bag, expecting me to go over and pick it up. I felt uneasy about bending down to pick up his discarded club, it was like I was his slave.”

Williams said last week that he could have changed the "slave" reference when writing his memoir, but added that it was only "one word, one sentence, out of a whole book." 

Williams still intends to caddie in 2016, telling USA Today that he will work about 10 events for Adam Scott. The Australian said last week that he doesn’t expect Williams’ book to be a distraction once he returns to the bag.