Stevie's Swan Song
By Torleif Sorenson on 1/4/14
Is Steve Williams experienced? After 34 years, yeah, you could say that.
Is Steve Williams outspoken? Ummm... yeah.
Has Steve Williams succeeded in his chosen line of work? Some people say he's the best caddie that professional golf has ever seen.
And now, having hauled the winning bag in 14 majors and standing alongside major champions Peter Thomson, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd, Tiger Woods, and Adam Scott, Steve Williams is making one last go-around on the PGA Tour. 2014 will be his final full-time season as a professional caddie. And in a fascinating sit-down interview with Brian Wacker, Williams has given us some insight into his personality and his jaw-dropping work ethic.
In the interview, Williams told of how he decided that being a caddie was what he wanted to do after looping for Thomson, the five-time Open champion and Australian golf legend - when Williams was all of 13 years old. Especially fascinating is his story about leaving home at 16 to caddie in Europe:
"As a child my father instilled in me that you've got to work hard. I had like $20,000 in the bank by the time I was 13. I had caddied every weekend, had a job in a butcher shop, had a newspaper route, I picked tomatoes. I'm guilty of not going to school, but I'd do anything to make a dollar. Even though I didn't have my parents' OK to go caddie, I had my own money so I just left at age 15, which is when you were legally allowed to leave school. But my mom, even to this day I think, if she had one disappointment in me as a son, it's that I did that against their wish. And as intimidating as it was to go to London, coming from a little town in New Zealand, it wasn't as daunting as it seems. I just got to the course and got a job and got on with it."Williams offers some fascinating stories about caddying for Norman, Floyd, and Woods.
While 2014 is is final year as a full-time caddie, he told Wacker that he might agree to loop for Adam Scott part-time in 2015, then put the final stamp on his career at the 2015 Tour Championship.
All in all, it is a fascinating read.
H-T: Geoff Shackelford
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