‘[Tiger Woods] Wasn’t Playing That Well’: Steve Williams Recalls Former Boss’s Rough Patch 13 Years After Split

Published 02/08/2024, 8:10 AM EST

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If you ask any golf fan, they will claim Tiger Woods is the best golfer out there. Just his announcement of starting his 2024 season at the Genesis Invitational has sent his fans into a frenzy! While his track record is a feat in itself, the legendary golfer also had his fair share of rough days.

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This fact was recently revealed by Steve Williams, the ex-caddie of the American golfer. Williams currently caddies for Jason Day, but he is more popularly known for his 13-year stint with Woods. Furthermore, the bagman once took out the legendary golfer from a messy situation!

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The fact was recently brought to light by the bagman in an interview with Dom Harvey. The American golfer had made it clear to Williams that he wanted to surpass the record of playing in 18 majors set by Jack Nicklaus. But this goal inadvertently put a lot of stress on Woods. “In the very first year, okay, I could feel the stress already in these major championships with him because he wasn’t playing that well,” the bagman recounted.

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Tiger Woods’s ex-caddie shares a rough patch of his career

Many loyal fans know Steve Williams was there alongside the American golfer during the golden years of his career. But to reach there, the two of them had to develop trust between them and get out of the rough patch. Williams could ultimately get Woods past this rough patch by gaining his trust during the 1999 PGA Championship.

The ex-caddie shared the American golfer had a chance to win the event, but was reading the greens wrong. During the par-3 16th hole Woods just had to sink a six-foot putt. However, the American golfer read the line as “outside the whole left side”.

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Williams, on the other hand, suggested he use the “inside the hole” line. Tiger Woods trusted the read of his bagman and went on to sink the ball. Furthermore, he also won the Major, marking the end of his rough patch.

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His then-caddie Steve Williams played a huge role in getting him out of this slump, with him claiming, “That was a stepping stone to our success for sure”. And Tiger Woods has not looked back ever since. What are your thoughts on this unknown story? Let us know in the comments section below.

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