Tiger Woods’ former caddie is once again eating his words about his onetime boss.
While at an awards ceremony in Shanghai on Friday, Steve Williams left the crowd speechless when he accepted the award for best celebration. When asked what he was celebrating after his current employer Adam Scott won the Bridgestone Invitational in August, he responded: “It was my aim to shove it right up that black a------.”
In a drama that seems more fitting for a soap opera than the golf course, Williams has a history of making outrageous statements about the betrayal he felt after Woods ended their 12-year relationship in July. Williams stuck with the embattled golfer through his much-publicized sex scandal, and in better days, Williams was by Woods’ side as the golfer won 13 major championships and 72 worldwide wins throughout his career.
Williams attempted to pawn the incident off as a joke and told a British newspaper that he was surprised the media published his controversial comments.
Williams then posted the following statement on his website:
"I apologize for comments I made last night at the Annual Caddy Awards dinner in Shanghai. Players and caddies look forward to this evening all year and the spirit is always joking and fun. I now realize how my comments could be construed as racist. However I assure you that was not my intent. I sincerely apologize to Tiger and anyone else I have offended."
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and European Tour chief executive George O'Grady issued the following statment, the Associated Press reports:
"We consider the remarks of Steve Williams, as reported, entirely unacceptable in whatever context. We are aware that he has apologized fully and we trust we will not hear remarks ever gain. Based on this, we consider the matter closed, and we will have no further comment."