Nov
7
2011
Tiger: Stevie Not a Racist
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Tiger in good spirits in the Down Under

Tiger Woods appeared in his pre-tourney media conference Tuesday morning for the Australian Open, and as expected, he was pummeled with questions regarding a comment that his former longtime caddie Stevie Williams made last Friday in front of a crowd at the caddie awards. When Stevie went on stage to accept winning “Best Celebration” for his post-victory speech at Bridgestone, he said, “It was my aim to shove it right up that black arsehole.”

Tiger threw Stevie a lifeline, admitting he was hurt but the two had met and shaken hands, according to The Australian:

“Steve is certainly not a racist,” Woods said to a packed media conference.

“There’s no doubt about that.  It was a comment that shouldn’t have been made.  It was one that he wished he didn’t make.

“We talked this morning. We met face to face and talked about it, talked it through.

“It was the wrong thing to say, something that we both acknowledge now and we’re moving forward. He did apologise. It was hurtful certainly. But life goes forward.”

Asked how the conversation ended, Woods said: “We shook hands.”

Oh, I would have liked to sit in on that meeting! I wonder how much Tiger made Stevie grovel with his career partly in the hands of whether he received Tiger’s forgiveness. Had Tiger gone the other way and branded Stevie a racist, well, that would have followed Stevie to the grave. But they probably bonded over the “wrong context” BS excuse that Stevie has been using, along with mutual distaste of the media.

Tiger was also asked how it was possible for their relationship to have deteriorated so quickly — the two parted ways in July. Prior to that, Stevie asked Tiger for permission to caddie for Scott at the U.S. Open while Tiger was still recovering from injury.

“I don’t know that one,” he said of their relationship.

“For me personally it was a tough decision to make – to go in a different direction in my personal life. As far as personally I don’t know how that could happen … but it did.

“As I said life goes forward. I felt it was time for me to go in a different direction personally. He is with Adam.

“He is in a good spot right now. Adam has won a world golf championship.”

As for whether the relationship between the pair can ever be repaired, Woods said: “I don’t know. It’s one of those things where we will see what time does.

“As we know time heals wounds. We will see how that goes.”

And from the AP:

Asked for the source of the animosity between the pair, Woods replied: “That’s between Stevie and me. We talked it through, and we’ll leave it at that.”

Like I’ve said in the past, there must be a part of the story that hasn’t been shared with the public. Again, I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for their meeting Tuesday morning…

(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)