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Adam Scott and caddie Williams call it quits
Adam Scott and caddie Steve Williams have announced they have put the brakes on their partnership with the pair parting ways in an amicable fashion on Wednesday.
Former world No.1 Scott and Williams had worked together since summer 2011, but 50-year-old Williams said at the start of this season he hoped to scale back his tournament schedule and spend more time with his family back in New Zealand.
“After discussing this in detail with Adam it became evident that my plan was not going to fit with Adam’s requirements so we decided to end our partnership,” Williams said.
Williams was an integral ingredient while on Scott’s bag, helping him to win his first career major at the 2013 Masters, which skyrocketed the Australian into the world No.1 seat this past May, while also helping him mature and develop as one of the most consistent players on any Tour, finishing just outside the top 25 only a single time this calendar year.
“Steve has been an integral part of my team in a period where I have fulfilled some of my lifetime golfing goals,” Scott said. “His dedication and professionalism have been without question, and his friendship is highly valued. Our priorities and stages of life are different now, and so we decided that this is the best time to end our partnership.”
Williams has made no secret of his intentions to scale back, stating at the start of the year that he planned to make 2014 his last year as a full-time caddie. He also revealed he came close to retiring following the 2013 Masters – a victory, he said, that was a “career highlight and a memory I will cherish forever.”
Williams had previously caddied for Raymond Floyd and Greg Norman before he began working with Tiger Woods in 2000. Together they achieved great success, winning 13 majors, but their relationship hit the rocks in 2011 when Williams agreed to caddie for Scott while Woods was on the side lines with injury.
In his statement, Williams said that “if the right opportunity arose I would consider caddying on a part-time basis in the future.”