“I’ve been caddying for 33 years and this has been the best week of my life,” – Steve Williams, who has caddied for Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd, after teaming with Adam Scott to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
“I was absolutely shocked that I got the boot, to be honest with you. I've caddied for the guy for  years, I've been incredibly loyal to the guy and I got short-shrifted. Very disappointed.” – Steve Williams, again, on being fired by Tiger Woods.
“The great thing is I don’t feel a thing. … It feels solid. It feels stable. No pain. That’s one of the reasons why I took as long as I did to come back, is that I want to get to this point where I can go ahead and start playing golf again like this. It’s been a very long time, and it feels good to go out there today and hit balls like this, go practice and feel nothing and walk around and pretty much do anything I want on the golf course.” – Tiger Woods, on the condition of his left knee and Achilles tendon upon his return to competitive golf at this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
“Trying to beat these boys. That’s fun. Getting out there and trying to win golf tournaments, being there with a chance to win, whether you win or fail. Just being there is just a rush, and it’s just so much fun. Trying to pull off the shots that you’ve done in practice when it matters the most, see what you’ve got. That’s fun.” – Woods, again, on what he has missed most about playing competitive golf. Woods has not played since he walked off the course after nine holes May 12 at The Players Championship with recurring injuries to his left knee and Achilles’ tendon.
“Have you seen his legs?” – Woods, again, joking that longtime friend Bryon Bell and his caddie at this week’s WGC-Bridgestone, is only a temporary arrangement. Woods split with Steve Williams last month after 12 years with the New Zealander, saying it was time to make a change.
“To be honest, I haven’t really been following it. … I don’t really care. It’s not my business. And until it really has an effect on me and how I’m going to play, then I’m not going to … he’s dealing with it the way he wants to deal with it. He’s a big boy. He can handle it.” – Adam Scott, on any potential hard feelings Tiger Woods may be harboring toward he or his recently acquired full-time caddie Steve Williams.
“I think top 20 will be a great effort. … Just to see how his knee holds up over 72 holes. If he can do that. No one expects him to come out and play well.” – Rory McIlroy, on his considerably low expectations for Tiger Woods at this week’s WGC-Bridgestone.
“He has been the guy over my career that has set the benchmark for all the rest of us, and personally he’s a good friend of mine. It is fantastic, I think, not just for you guys but for all of world golf just to see Tiger Woods back playing again. I’m sure he will be trying to get himself back up to where he has been before, and personally I don’t doubt he’ll do that.” – Darren Clarke, happy to have Tiger Woods healthy and back playing golf. Clarke, friends with Woods since his final major as an amateur in 1996, was paired with him the first two rounds at Firestone Country Club.
“The fairways he missed were 5 yards off and the ones he hit were miles down there. His ball-striking is sharp, just give it time and let the Spidey senses come back.” – Sean Foley, speaking to Tiger Woods’ game this week at the WGC-Bridgestone. Foley traveled to south Florida last Thursday and Friday to work with Woods on the practice tee for the first time since The Players.
“You think you're friends with a guy. You talk to him once a week for 15 years. You're like, this dude is my friend, we do things, we have fun together. … I haven't talked to him in two years and I'm wondering what the hell is going on.” – Charles Barkley, during an interview on “The Mike Lupica Show”, on how his friendship with Tiger Woods has cooled since his extramarital scandal broke Thanksgiving of 2009.
“If he is healthy, he will be on our team.” – Fred Couples, on making Tiger Woods a captain’s pick for the 2011 Presidents Cup team, if he doesn’t qualify on his own. Woods is currently 26th on the U.S. points list. The top 10 after the BMW Championship will qualify for the matches at Royal Melbourne in Australia, Nov. 17-20.
Contributions from writers and editors on the Golf Channel Digital team.
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