The end of the road is near for caddie Steve Williams; the New Zealander explained as much multiple times in 2013 after helping Adam Scott become the first Aussie to win the Masters. Williams reiterated his plans to hang up his caddie bib shortly in a recent interview with PGATour.com, where he also described life with his previous employers - notably Tiger Woods.
While Williams now plans to make 2014 his last full-time year as a caddie, he admits that he nearly called it quits after Scott defeated Angel Cabrera in a sudden-death playoff last year at Augusta National.
"The first thing that crossed my mind after all that was, 'That was it for me.' I went to caddie for Adam with the intention that I wanted to get him over the line in a major championship, and it happened," he explained. "I thought that was the perfect way to end my career ... Deep, deep, deep inside me, that's what I wanted to do, was never be seen again caddying."
Williams, who turned 50 on Dec. 29, was talked back onto the bag by close friends - at least for the short term.
"It was a tough decision," he noted. "So (2014) is my last year caddying full-time. If Adam agrees, and we've talked about it, I'll caddie for him from Doral to the Tour Championship in 2015 and then that's it."
Williams, who also worked for Raymond Floyd and Greg Norman, said he considered setting a retirement date in 2000, but, after some consideration, took over Woods' bag. He began caddying for Tiger in 1999 and promptly won the PGA Championship with him at Medinah, their first of 13 major victories as a team. Their relationship soured when Williams agreed to caddie for Scott while Woods was injured in 2011. According to Williams, Woods initially gave his consent to the arrangement but then changed his mind, resulting in Williams being fired from long distance following the U.S. Open, which Woods skipped because of injury.
"The disappointment for me was that he claims he fired me at AT&T (National)," said Williams. "He didn't. He fired me over the phone after the U.S. Open. I went to the AT&T knowing I didn't have a job (with Tiger). That's just the fact."
Having caddied for both of the top two players in the current world rankings, Williams is able to draw parallels between his former and current employers.
"Adam is more relaxed about things, while if it ain't going Tiger's way it can be a tough walk some days," he added. "Having watched Tiger play at a level that arguably no one has ever played and then to come to Adam, who has a lot of talent, I think Adam is capable of playing at a level even greater than what he's doing."