As Tiger Woods is recovering from another back procedure I'm sure he'll have plenty of time to read whilst on bed rest. However, one book he'll try to avoid is the new autobiography by his former Caddie, Steve Williams.
'Out of the rough' was released today by Penguin in New Zealand and as a ebook for the rest of us. Over the weekend it was featured in New Zealand's Sunday Star Times newspaper with extracts from the book.
Williams, who was Tiger Woods caddie for 13 years and helped Wood win 13 of his 14 Majors, has revealed more detail about his time with Tiger. He reveals information about Wood's bad temper, throwing clubs and spitting at holes when he missed vital putts. Williams also talks about his frustrations with Tiger's on course behaviour.
‘I wanted him to prove to me he could change his behaviour and show me – and the game of golf – more respect.
‘One thing that really p***** me off was how he would flippantly toss a club in the general direction of the bag, expecting me to go over and pick it up.'
'I felt uneasy about bending down to pick up his discarded club – it was like I was his slave. The other thing that disgusted me was his habit of spitting at the hole if he missed a putt.’
The main focus for readers will be about Tiger Woods and Steve Williams sensational brake up following allegations that Woods was playing on other courses so to say. The extent of Wood's extra marital relations became global news. For the Caddie, he believes that he was simply a piece of collateral damage. As the Media circus gathered, Williams was left in the cold.
"As I was driving, I got a text from Mark Steinberg which read, 'There is a story coming out tomorrow. Absolutely no truth to it. Don't speak to anybody.' "
Williams also expresses grievances about how the Woods camp was reluctant to absolve the Caddie of any knowledge about the Golfers infidelity. He also is frank about his feelings regarding his sacking by Woods in 2011.
"The way Tiger fired me in 2011 was disappointing. He told me about it over the phone. Not hearing it from him face-to-face really bothered me. The suddenness of it, the way it was done, him coming out of the hardest time in his life and me having been loyal to him for so many years, was worth some consideration. Caddies get fired all the time—hey, Greg fired me in 1989—but when you have what you believe is a friendship, it's going to leave a mark."
One mark that has been left is that since going their different directions it has become clear to many in the game that Williams was an integral part to Wood's success. Since the split, Woods has never been the player he once was and constantly seeking his own improvement with new caddies, swing coaches etc. For Williams, well he has achieved success in the form of Adam Scott's Master's victory in 2013.
As Woods recovers in his bed, his team will quickly suggest that much of the book is that of a bitter, angry, ex caddy seeking his moment in the limelight to profit from Woods career. For the rest of us...well this could be the most explosive golf book of the year. One thing is for sure...it's on Golfhacker's wish list.