While Scott made the winning putt, a 12-footer at No. 10 in the playoff, he credited Williams for the critical read.
“I could hardly see the green, he was my eyes on the putt,” Scott said.
Scott knew the putt broke right to left, but thought the break was about the width of a cup. Williams told him it broke more than he thought; that it would break at least two cups.
“The winning putt might be the highlight of my career, because he asked me to read it,” Williams told The Associated Press.
Williams hails from Down Under, too, from New Zealand. He was on Tiger Woods’ bag when Woods won three of his four Masters titles. He was a former caddie to Greg Norman. He also caddied for Australians Peter Thomson and Ian Baker-Finch. He knew the Aussie frustration in majors better than most.
“To caddie for a friend for his first major is pretty special,” Williams told PGATour.com. “To have the opportunity to caddie for the first Australian to win the Masters; I’m just so fortunate. I don’t have words.”
Williams caddied for Woods on 13 of Woods’ 14 major championship triumphs. He was fired in 2011 after intending to only temporarily pick up Scott’s bag while Woods recovered from injury. When Scott won the WGC-Bridgestone that year, Williams called it the “best win I’ve ever had,” an obvious dig at Woods. Williams later apologized.
Williams, 49, told PGATour.com he might only caddie one more year.
“At some point in the near future, my career is going to come to an end,” Williams said. “I have a family. I’ve caddied since I was 15 years old. That’s a long time.”