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Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

Posted on: August 9, 2011 2:59 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 4:14 pm
 

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- This is why Paul Azinger has become such a popular TV broadcaster.

The former Ryder Cup captain and major-championship winner, appearing on a Tampa sports radio outlet, summarized the Steve Williams and Tiger Woods feud better than anybody when he cut to the heart about what seemed so distasteful about the caddie's inflammatory, post-round comments Sunday night.

Williams had just finished caddying for Bridgestone Invitational winner Adam Scott, who had won in dominant fashion against one of the deepest fields of the year, but he turned it into a platform to vent his feelings about Woods.

"The old joke is when the player plays good the caddie says, 'we,'" Azinger told Tampa's WDAE radio. "But when the player plays bad, the caddie says 'he.' In this case the player played great and the caddie said 'I.'"

Azinger said the brushfire that broke out after Williams aired his laundry affirms and underscores where Woods is held in the public pantheon. To him, interviewing Williams was absolutely the proper thing to do.

"What it shows you is that Tiger Woods is a real lightning rod," Azinger said. "There’s a lot of emotion still wrapped up in whether you really like Tiger or can’t stand him. A lot of people have not liked Steve Williams through the years. He has not been a popular person amongst the players and the caddies, necessarily, and that’s OK -- he’s got a work ethic and people don’t like winners a lot of times.

"This situation was unique. I believe Stevie should’ve been interviewed. I wanted Adam Scott to win so I could hear what Stevie said in regard. It was as much what he said that did the damage. It became a 'me, me, me' or 'I, I, I' fest and he didn’t say how great Adam Scott played.

"When he said it was the greatest week of my life, I don’t know how anybody could believe that, and it just shows you there is a lot of bitterness and animosity towards Tiger still and the way he was let go [fired]. Probably some of it is justified, but he should’ve given Adam Scott his props and then lit Tiger up and I think everybody would’ve thought differently."

Azinger was asked whether Woods has many friends or allies left.

“I know that he has to be angry at the media that tore him down," Azinger said. "He’s got to be angry at himself first. He’s dealing with the worst of all possible emotions and that is shame, and he’s not healthy.

"Who are his friends? I mean [his agent], Mark Steinberg? Come on."

The show host, Steve Dueming, interjected, "He doesn’t have anybody."

"Well, he brought it on himself,” Azinger said.

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Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

You could never have been so right about Tiger being a cold fish, His practice rounds have always been early am so he wouldn't have to interact with his stupid fans and when he did have a later practice session he would never walk near the fairway ropes. I never could figure out the attraction, but hey people voted for obama. Go Figure!




Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 9:30 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

Ajasys, but Williams also caddied for players that went nowhere, according to Huggan. The Williams-Woods combo worked because Woods is easily a match Williams in terms of ego and aggression. But Adam Scott is not, and he will end up having to get rid of Williams, or even more horribly, be forced to keep him on if Scott wins a few more times in rapid succession and figures it's all because of Williams. He'll be winning, but he won't be enjoying it much.


kencole13
Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 8:31 pm
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Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 8:30 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

"So you truly believe that because Steve Williams was the caddy of each of those golfers that that was the reason they were successful?"

No. Williams never hit a single shot for any of the golfers he carried for. He has also proven to be an egotistical idiot who is vindictive to a fault, and has actually managed to make some Tiger haters feel some sympathy for Woods.

None of that changes the fact that some of the best golfers in the world over the past 20+ years decided that Steve Williams was a valuable addition to their careers, and they kept him employed for an astounding 145 tournament wins.

Is it your contention that Stevie was just a lucky adjunct?  That Floyd & Norman & Woods & the rest would have won all those titles with Joe Shmoe on their bags? Maybe so, but I'm not the only one who doubts that; the golfers who hired him, including Adam Scott, obviously don't agree with you either.

Is Williams an ego-inflated slimeball?  Abso-freaking-lutely, but that's not the question here.  You don't stay employed at the top of your profession for decades by being the equivalent of a talking pull cart.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

So you truly believe that because Steve Williams was the caddy of each of those golfers that that was the reason they were successful.  Not the hitting golf balls everyday, on the range working on shots and practicing that had nothing to do with how successful these guys were.  You really truly believe that

If you don't think a caddy is a HUGE part of a golfer's success then you my friend are the stupid one, not anybody else.  It's 100 percent a fact a good caddy can make or break a golfer.  Why is it a fact?  Because if it didn't matter that much, why would a guy like Tiger Woods or any other star golfer pay anybody 10 percent of their winnings?  Why wouldn't a pro golfer just pay 50 grand per year in salary plus all travel and expenses for all tournaments instead?  Williams just made 140 grand off the kid he just worked for.... why would anybody pay that kind of money for somebody if they aren't an integral part of their success?  Answer: They wouldn't.  Caddies can be the difference between winning and losing.  I'd explain exactly why but I won't because you don't understand the game of golf.



Since: Sep 19, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

So what if the caddy has something to say to a reporter. Golfers say nothing of substance anyway. Actually, I would rather hear the opinion of the caddy than the golfer. Give them a little credit, especially after carrying the clubs for a few hours. Did Tiger ever say anything insightful? Did reporters ever push Tiger? Never. They lobbed one underhanded softball question after another. They were too afraid to press the Tiger. 



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

So you truly believe that because Steve Williams was the caddy of each of those golfers that that was the reason they were successful.  Not the hitting golf balls everyday, on the range working on shots and practicing that had nothing to do with how successful these guys were.  You really truly believe that.Undecided



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

We are always saying about lockouts and CBA's and Longhorn Networks and universities jumping conferences that, "It's all about the money."  Well if Williams got 10% of the Scott's purse he made $140,000 last week-end.  That is more than 99% of us who are posting on CBSSports.  And Stevie made more than Tiger and Phil combined.   By the way, is Phil MIA?  What's with that two bit punk?



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

say what you will about williams, but norman was at the top of his game while stevie carried his bag.  tiger was too, and now adam scott wins a BIG tourney with williams on his.

everyone may think that all the caddy does is hand over clubs, count strokes and call distance, but this CAN'T be that big a coincidence.



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

Being upset at Azinger, Woods, or Williams is not really the point. The fact remains that Adam Scott shot a few pretty good rounds of golf. All the stories should be about that but we all know a good reality show will beat a documentary. It was nice to see that Steve Willams got his pould of flesh. I just wish he had the the good sense to acknowledge the effort of Adam Scott. I hope he now has the personal awareness of his selfish comments and  had or will apologize directly to Adam. Personally I enjoyed the mastery of his golf. Maybe some because Williams was on the bag but let us not forget who was swinging the clubs. Good luck to both in the PGA.


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