Forty years of bag toting is enough for Steve Williams.
One of golf’s best known, high-profile and controversial caddies ever is calling it a career.
Williams will tote golf bags for the final time in 2018, unsure of who he might work for and how many times we might see him.
Williams’ career has included stints with Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd before teaming with Tiger Woods to win 13 majors. Most recently he has worked with Adam Scott, who won the 2013 Masters with Williams on the bag.
Williams briefly retired in 2015, and he let everyone know that Scott would use David Clark as a full-time caddie beginning in 2018.
Stevie says this time it will be final.
“That doesn’t mean anything to anyone else, but for myself it’s a personal milestone,” Williams said. “I’d just like to sort of round off and say, ‘OK, 40 years.’ Started in ’79, and 2018 is 40 years. So I’ll caddie a few tournaments. I’m not sure who for yet, but I’ll just caddie a handful so I can say, ‘Hey, I’ve done 40 years,’ and that’d be it.”
Williams stirred the pot of controversy when he wrote a book in 2015 that included stories from his days with Woods. The attention-getter was when Williams said he felt Woods treated him like “a slave.”
Williams summed up his career in his book with the following description:
“When I look back at my career, I can see that sometimes I took it all too seriously. When I was with Tiger I was with someone who had the same mindset as me, so that when a tournament was over the focus went straight onto the next tournament and, as a result, when the success came we failed to actually enjoy it. The flipside is that that’s my personality – if I wasn’t like that in the first place, the success might not have come at all.”