Since letting go of longtime veteran caddie Tony Navarro after The Players last month, Adam Scott has yet to find a permanent replacement. With Tiger Woods out of the US Open due to injury, Scott asked Tiger’s caddie Steve Williams if he’d work for him at Congressional. Stevie asked Tiger for permission and Tiger agreed to loan him out. This is pretty standard procedure, so I’m not adding to the speculation that this will be a more permanent arrangement. Via WaPo:
Mark Steinberg, Woods’s agent, said the pairing came about because Scott, an Australian, and Williams, who is from New Zealand, have a long-standing friendship off the course. Woods withdrew from the Open last Tuesday because of lingering injuries to his left knee and Achilles tendon.
Steinberg said Williams’s job with Scott doesn’t mean Woods is looking for a new caddie.
“Steve and Adam are friends,” Steinberg said by phone Saturday. “When Adam found out Tiger couldn’t play, Adam called Steve, and Steve called Tiger. As far as I’m concerned, it’s just for the U.S. Open.”
Scott and Williams, 47, completed an 18-hole practice round at Congressional at 5 p.m. Saturday, then rode a golf cart from the 18th green directly to a courtesy vehicle, leaving the course without comment.
“I don’t think there’s much for him to say,” Steinberg said of Williams. “Just like Tiger doesn’t want to miss any majors, I’m sure Stevie doesn’t want to miss any majors.”
Scott had veteran caddie Mick Doran, who most recently worked for Camilo Villegas until he was let go after The Players Championship, loop for him during the Colonial.
FoxSports.com reached Williams for comment: “Of course I’m still working for Tiger…Scotty asked me if I’d help him out for the week.”
It’ll be strange to see Stevie on another player’s bag. Actually, not really — considering the biggest caddie carousel of the decade just happened.