Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Tiger and Stevie: When they became a couple
When did caddie Steve Williams know he had Tiger's complete trust? In 1999, at the PGA Championship at Medinah.
From AP golf writer Doug Ferguson's story...
They had been together for only five months and 10 tournaments, three of them victories, none in a major. Woods had lost his No. 1 ranking and gone 2½ years without a major since winning the 1997 Masters. The pressure was building that afternoon, especially when his five-shot lead over 19-year-old Sergio Garcia was down to one.
Woods hit 7-iron over the green on the par-3 17th, and his chip came up 8 feet short. Miss that putt, and his lead would be gone. He studied the line from both sides, crouched behind the ball and then called Williams over and asked what he saw.
The caddie spoke with clarity and certainty.
“Inside left,” he told him.
“Are you sure?” Woods replied.
He buried the putt in the heart of the hole, made a routine par on the 18th and won his second major championship.
For the complete story, click here.