If you’ve followed Tiger Woods’ golf career for more than five minutes, you know that he quite often refers to “we” when crediting his success and failure on the course. So his Sunday post-round comments at the U.S. Open regarding caddie Steve Williams were, at the very least, noteworthy.
(Don’t read too much into Tiger’s comments - or this photo)
When talking about “mistakes that cost us a chance to win the Open,” Woods singled out Williams for poor club selection on the 10th hole. It was a bogey on that hole that effectively signaled the end of contention for the golfer yesterday.
Woods to the gathered media Sunday:
“I didn’t know the wind was down. I thought it was more a crest and that brought the right side into play.
“I fired at the pin on 10. Steve said take dead aim right at it and, in my heart, I said, ‘No.’ There was no chance. I have a sand wedge in my hand and I can’t play at that flag.
“I had a 10-, 15-footer after that because I aimed at Greg (Havret’s) ball. I went against my own things I know and hit the ball to the right and then hit the wrong club on No. 12 (too).
“My instincts were telling me to hit a 5 (iron), play it to the right, just draw it in there. We thought 4 would be better, hold it up against the wind, and I made just an awful swing.”
I don’t think that comment is any indication that Woods will fire Williams. Remember the way Tiger operates: He’s very non-confrontational.
When he recently departed Team Tiger, former Woods swing coach Hank Haney essentially said he made the call to leave after his communication with Woods dwindled to basically nothing.
With that in mind, I think the fact that Woods is mentioning Williams by name, even in the context of criticism, indicates that the New Zealander is still in Woods’ good graces.