With Stevie Williams’ announcing his semi-retirement following the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, Adam Scott is in search for a new full-time caddie. While it will be difficult to replace Williams, who worked with Scott for 3.5 years, Scott certainly has no shortage of applicants to choose from.
He has received “hundreds” of inquiries to fill the job that David Clark, who normally loops for Cameron Tringale, has this week at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China, according to the Associated Press.
“There were some shockers, like random ones – some guy in Florida who lives at home and looks after his mom,” Scott said Tuesday in downtown Shanghai after taking part in a promotion to celebrate the 10th edition of the HSBC Champions. “I guess he figured it would be a good job.”
It’s no surprise that Scott is not having a hard time finding a replacement for Williams. After all, since 2010, he’s earned a minimum of $2.49 million per season, including a whopping $4.9 million in 2013, the year he won the Masters — do the rough math with a caddie earning 5%-10% of his boss’s winnings and that’s not a bad payday. He’s not only ranked the second best player in the world, but he’s also one of the nicest, most affable guys on tour.
While Scott hasn’t made any final decisions, he’s doing tryouts, with Clark for this week, and then he’s also giving his good friend Matthew Tritton, who caddied for Geoff Ogilvy last season, a chance, before he makes a final decision in January.
“I am in the process of using a few different guys and personalities, to see what fits best,” said Scott. “Obviously I am also very sensitive to other people’s situations. I am trying to ask guys to fill in who aren’t working that week for other players. I have known Dave Clark for 12 years.
“I have a little time on my side. Although the nature of the job is trial and error, I want to make the right decision when I make a permanent choice.
“It is good to know that people would want to work with me. If the phone didn’t get a message, I would be a little worried about what they all think of me. The caddies are very aspirational as well. I think the way I have talked about what I want to achieve, some of the guys think they can help me do that and they want to do the same. That’s an important part of it.”
Scott will undoubtedly miss Williams’ presence on the bag, though.
“Steve was a huge influence,” Scott said. “When all these things happen, timing is huge. When the opportunity came up to work with Steve, it was great timing because I was at that point when I just needed that one last piece of the puzzle. Steve certainly filled that during our time. He complemented all the things I had been working on and helped to push me along to get right up there where I wanted to be.
“Ultimately, about a year and a half in, we won the Masters together. He has been incredible for me. The way I see it, you cannot replace a Steve Williams. I cannot go out and look for the next Steve Williams, I don’t think that is possible. I need to go out and find what is going to work for me at this stage in my career, to complement all the things I am doing now, just like I did when I hired Steve.”