Couples Would Have Fired Williams for Tiger Jab
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

Freddie: Not so fast, Stevie!

While the players in Shanghai took a tepid approach to commenting on Steve Williams’ remark about former boss Tiger Woods — “It was my aim to shove it right up that black arsehole” — it was refreshing to hear U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples speak out. According to Golf World’s Tim Rosaforte, Couples would sack his caddie for saying such a thing:

“If that was Joe LaCava he wouldn’t be caddying for me today,” Couples said Saturday morning, heading to Harding Park for the third round of the Charles Schwab Cup.

LaCava is his former longtime caddie, now working for Woods. While noting he’s never had a problem with Williams, Couples also added, “If (a caddie) has that kind of anger for a pretty good guy, I don’t want him around me.”

Couples also said whether or not Williams should be benched for the Presidents Cup was up to his current boss Adam Scott and International captain Greg Norman, but he wouldn’t avoid a match-up between Scott and Woods at Royal Melbourne. Now that would make things interesting and wouldn’t hurt the ratings.

Despite the insistence from Scott and the Tour commissioners that the issue was closed, Scott will have difficulty avoiding it the next two weeks. However, he won’t have to worry about playing in the same group with Tiger the first two rounds (regardless of previous rumors/reports that Australian Open organizers planned to put Adam, Tiger and Jason Day in the same three-ball).

Good news for Freddie is that the controversy has detracted the attention away from his decision to leave PGA champion Keegan Bradley off the team — well, unless Steve Stricker comes up lame in Melbourne.