Can I Carry that Bag for You?Friday, July 22, 2011 12:00
It´s official. Things have changed. The twelve-year relationship with Tiger Woods is kaput. Steve Williams has been part of thirteen of Tiger′s fourteen major wins. A lot of water has flowed under their bridge. But, it seems as though, according to Steve, Tiger has completely blown up that bridge and is moving on.
You knew it was coming. The fallout from Tiger′s extra-curricular affairs is not over. Even fair Elin is finding it hard to trust men after it was revealed that her new interest has had dalliances with one of Tiger´s main flings, Rachel Uchitel. Who can blame Elin? Sir Walter Scott said it best when he said, ”Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!” Or, if you′re a country fan, then it´s Harlan Howard′s, “I′ve got heartaches but the number, troubles by the score.”
One thing is for sure, Tiger needs to reinvent himself if he has any hopes of playing competitive golf again. Part of his plan is putting a new team together. And, that sucks for Steve. Hopefully, Tiger can succeed in picking up the pieces, getting his knee and ankle back to 100%, and taking control on the course again. His presence on the course has been missed; but, regardless, there has been a lot of good golf played lately.
In my opinion though, it′s not going to be that easy for Tiger to come back. I see Tiger leaving the world of golf, sooner than later, and taking up a more social and political agenda. His world recognition and the money he has banked will lead him in a new direction. Whether it will be good or bad is to be determined. That new horizon has yet to be crystallized. If not that, he has his handlers that will suggest what to do.
Good thing is… Steve is a very competent caddie. He has landed a spot with fellow Aussie, Adam Scott. I′m thinking that it′s a good match for both. I believe that Adam will gain from Steve′s experience on the bag.
The caddie arrangement with Tiger has left Steve fixed financially; however, you gotta know that his next windfall of cash isn′t going to be carrying the bag for Scott. It will be realized when he chronicles his travels with Tiger. That will be a mega-best-seller! That is, unless Tiger′s team pays him off – sometimes, world figures do that. What do you think?
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