JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- If you thought the first question asked of Adam Scott on Tuesday would relate to a certain somebody who stole the limelight on Sunday night, you were exactly right.
Only a level-headed lad like Scott could have handled it so well.
Scott, practicing for the 93rd PGA Championship, hadn’t been in the media center for more than 60 seconds when the topic of lightning-rod caddie Steve Williams was broached -- nevermind the fact that he won one of the biggest events of the year less than 48 hours earlier and is a clear favorite this week, too.
Query: Have you ever won a golf tournament where your caddie got more coverage?
"No is the answer to that question," Scott smiled.
For at least another 24 hours, that likely will remain the case. Scott led from wire to wire last week in beating the best players in the world at the Bridgestone Invitational, though his caddie hijacked the celebration afterward when he took a few poorly disguised swipes at his former employer, Tiger Woods.
Some PGA Tour players might have axed their bagmen for making such uncomplimentary comments or coming across as an egomaniac, but Scott defended his new bagman's comments as heat-of-the-moment stuff.
"I kind of think it's been blown out of proportion, unsurprisingly kind of, but you know, I guess it's newsworthy stuff," he said. "You know, Steve was obviously delighted to win, as was I, and speaking with a bit of emotion, probably."
Probably? Who knew the guy had so much to offer? He said more in 10 minutes of post-round interviews than he had in the previous 12 years working alongside Woods. He like a guard dog that not only had been unleashed, but un-muzzled.
Scott has been an unwitting, undeserving victim, caught in the soap-opera crossfire. But he's handled it with the characteristic dignity that fans have comne to expect from him.
"I certainly don't think that was his intention to steal my moment at all," Scott said. "But he was asked these questions and he gave his honest answer, I assume, and with a lot of things to do with anything related to Tiger Woods, it's all scrutinized and blown out of proportion a lot of the time I think.
"So this is no different. He said that was not his intention at all to do that. But he was asked a question, and he gave an honest answer. So I said, that's fair enough. Hopefully we'll just go and let our clubs do the talking for the rest of the week now."
Doubtful. Woods is due to speak to the press on Wednesday and it's surely a topic that will be broached, perhaps with the first query as well.
Scott said he spoke with Williams, 47, about the issue and said his piece. He even made a joke about the timbre of the discussion, in fact.
"Having a quiet word with Steve is not very easy," he said of the former rugby player, drawing laughs. "He's a big guy, you know. We've had our chat about the whole thing, and he feels the way he feels. I just took what he said, again, as confidence for me. If he really feels that that was one of his great wins, then you know, I'm kind of flattered and it fills me with confidence, and I think that's what his intention is, to be honest.
"He was really excited to win. Obviously he had not won for a little while, and for him, he's really passionate about it, and that's what I see. And when you're passionate and in that situation, you know, I think it all got a little out of hand, but we'll just go on from there.
"Hopefully, like I said, we'll let our clubs do the talking for the rest of this week."
Williams admitted to FoxSports.com that he went too far in his comments, which were not well-received and came across as arrogant, petty and catty.
“Looking back on it, I was a bit over the top,” he said. "I had a lot of anger in me about what happened [being terminated by Woods] and it all came out.”
Williams termed the victory with Scott as the "most satisfying" of his 33-year caddying career, which included 13 major titles won alongside Woods and tours with Greg Norman and Ray Floyd, current or future Hall of Famers, all. Williams indicated to Fox Sports that he's through talking about Woods, his boss for the past 12 years.
“I said what I said, but I’m not going to say any more about Tiger,” he said.