DORAL, Fla. (AP)—No other caddie has traveled so far to work so littlethan Steve Williams.
Part of that is because Williams lives in New Zealand, and his 5-year-oldson Jett is now going to school. And part of that is Woods playing in differentparts of the world this early in the season.
Asked how his frequent flyer profile was looking, Williams just shook hishead Wednesday.
“Put it this way,” he said. “Qantas has me on speed dial.”
When he leaves Miami after this week’s Cadillac Championship, Williamsalready will have flown some 60,000 miles to work four tournaments. In one case,Williams spent more time in the air than his hotel room.
He started in January by flying from Auckland to San Diego for the FarmersInsurance Open. Then came the Auckland-Dubai round trip two weeks later. But theworst of it was the Match Play Championship.
“I stayed in my hotel one night and went home,” he said.
Williams arrived in Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday. Woods lost in the first roundthe next day to Thomas Bjorn , and by evening, Williams was on a flight to LosAngeles to catch a connection back home.
After this week, he will stay two days in Orlando for a made-for-TVexhibition, leaving Tuesday and getting home on Thursday. He’ll be home threedays before flying back to Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, thenreturn home after the tournament.
His wife used to come to America for Bay Hill, and they would go somewhereon vacation before the Masters. But with his son in school, Williams goes backto New Zealand for three days before flying to Augusta.
When he gets home after the Masters, he already will have logged nearly94,000 miles in the air.
TWITTER WARS: Tiger Woods is part of another emerging rivalry—between hiscoaches.
Sean Foley, who has been working with Woods since the PGA Championship,started with an interview last year in which he was quoted as saying aboutformer coach Hank Haney, “Let’s be honest about this, it’s not like he wasflushing it with Hank.”
Then came a story posted Wednesday on golf.com when Foley poked fun at Haneyonce saying he knew Woods from observing, without ever getting to know him.
Haney has been firing back on Twitter ever since.
“If you want to be entertained go to Golf.com and read Sean Foley’s latestversion of ripping Hank Haney, all I can say is wow,” was the first of severaltweets from Haney.
He sent out some two dozen tweets—mostly retweets from his followers—over the next five hours related to the dispute. Haney’s twitter account isHankDHaney.
SPANISH HERO: Alvaro Quiros knows plenty about Seve Ballesteros and thegreatness of his game. But when it comes to Spanish golfing heroes, he startswith Jose Maria Olazabal .
Quiros did not start playing golf until he was 9, and Ballesteros was on thetail end of his career. He remembers Olazabal winning his first Masters in 1994,and especially the second green jacket in 1999 after returning from an injurythat nearly ended his career.
“I think Olazabal is a gentleman inside and outside the golf course, andthis is the most important thing, to be a gentleman or to be a nice person, morethan a great golfer,” Quiros said.
The first time he met Olazabal, the big-hitting Spaniard could barely speak.
It was in 1999 for the American Express Championship at Valderrama, andOlazabal was invited to see the public course when Quiros and other juniors gottheir start.
“I played with a friend, and on the second tee, suddenly arrives the mainguy of the pro shop and he said, ‘Hey, get out of the way because Olazabal iscoming behind you,”’ Quiros said. “It was Olazabal! So he arrives to the tee,hits his driver in the third hole and he says, ‘Come on, hit the ball.’
“We were watching each other and I said (to his friend), ‘He’s speakingwith us.’ I cannot even put the ball on the tee. I was shaking.”
TIGER AND TYSON: NBC Sports analyst Johnny Miller didn’t pull any punchestwo weeks ago when he said Tiger Woods’ downfall reminded him of the Mike Tysonstory.
“Sort of invincible, scared everybody, performed quickly under pressure—until Buster Douglas came along,” Miller said. “Tiger sort of hit that andit’s life. And his life crumbled.”
Woods was asked about the comparison with Tyson on Wednesday.
“I don’t think I’m as big as he is,” Woods said. “No, that’s Johnny beingJohnny, and making statements like that, I think he’s done that before in thepast, hasn’t he?”
Woods then was asked if Miller had crossed the line.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion,” he said. “And he has his, whichis a lot.”
DIVOTS: Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel , who grew up together in SouthAfrica, will be in the same pairing the first two days. Schwartzel said it willbe the first time they’ve been in the same group for the early rounds since theyturned pro. … Tim Clark will be playing for the first time since his runner-upfinish at the Sony Open two months ago because of an elbow injury. … Of the 48PGA Tour members in the 69-man field, five have never won a PGA Tour event—rookie Charl Schwartzel, Kevin Na , Jeff Overton , Rickie Fowler and KevinStreelman , who got into the field based on his third-place finish in the FedExCup playoff opener last year at The Barclays.