The chants and cheers began as Adam Scott walked toward the 18th green to complete a command performance Sunday in the Bridgestone Invitational and win his first World Golf Championship.
But in a surreal scene at Firestone, they weren’t for him.
They were for his caddie.
“Stev-ie Will-iams,” they shouted as the guy carrying the bag for Scott broke into a big smile.
The celebration made it clear that Steve Williams felt vindicated after being fired last month by Tiger Woods. The interview after it was over — yes, he gave interviews — made it sound as if it was Williams who shot the 5-under 65. At one point, Williams described himself as a “good front-runner when I’m caddying.”
“I’ve caddied for 33 years — 145 wins now — and that’s the best win I’ve ever had,” Williams told CBS Sports on the 18th green. This from a guy whose 12 years working for Woods featured 13 majors and 16 world titles among 72 wins worldwide. That includes the 2001 Masters, when Woods won an unprecedented fourth straight major.
Clearly, Williams is still angry over how — and when — Woods cut him loose. He even disputed Woods’ version of how it happened, saying Woods told him over the phone, not in person.
Scott didn’t seem to mind that his caddie was getting most of the attention.
“I can talk about Steve now and not Tiger,” Scott said to laughter, alluding to the countless times he and other players have been asked about Woods. “I’m sure there are a lot of other golfers who wouldn’t mind that, either.”
The latest chapter in the endless saga involving Woods took away from a premier performance by Scott, who didn’t make a bogey over his last 26 holes and couldn’t afford to with 19-year-old Ryo Ishikawa giving him all he could handle.
Topeka native and former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland finished in the middle of the pack with rounds of 70-66-73-73 for a 282 total.
He earned $53,300.