Monday, August 8, 2011

Tiger Woods' ex-caddie disputes details of his firing

AKRON, Ohio — Some breakups simply refuse to die. Of course, it doesn't help when there's a dispute about just how the breakup went down.

Steve Williams fanned the flames of his dismissal by Tiger Woods a little more Sunday after he helped Adam Scott to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational crown — first by calling it the best week of his caddying life, then offering a new version of his firing.

Disputing published reports, Williams said Woods fired him over the phone and not in a face-to-face meeting. A sitdown took place later at the AT&T National, but that was weeks after getting the sack.

"I was told on the phone that we needed to take a break," Williams said. "In caddie lingo, that means you're fired. Simple as that."

Williams, 47, had toted Woods' bag since 1999, a stretch that included 13 majors and 49 other PGA Tour victories. It became a partnership that went beyond the golf course, with each man serving in the other's wedding parties.

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