Woods’ caddie denies knowing of indiscretions

Tiger Woods’ caddie Steve Williams denied on Sunday he had any

knowledge of the golfer’s “indiscretions.”

In an interview with New Zealand’s Sunday News newspaper,

Williams said he was angry with an American sports writer who said

he must have known of Woods’ reported affairs and may even have

helped arrange liaisons.

Williams said he spoke regularly to Woods, who had admitted to

him he had “a problem,” but the caddie did not elaborate on what

his problem was.

He said he had no idea when Woods would return to the U.S. PGA

Tour.

Woods announced on Friday he was taking indefinite leave from

the tour to focus on becoming “a better husband, father and

person.”

“Tiger just said he needs a break and I don’t want to put any

pressure on the guy,” Williams told the Sunday News.

“He will know in his mind, and his family will know in their

mind, when it is the right time for him to return to playing

golf.

“He will have the right people counseling him and between the

people that counsel him, his wife and his immediate friends, when

he is ready to come back he will be ready to come back.”

Williams sent his “heartfelt wishes” to Woods’ wife Elin

Nordegren and said fallout from his revealed extramarital

relationships had impacted on his own marriage and family. In a

frank interview, Williams said he would quit working as a caddie if

he was sacked by Woods.

He reacted angrily to comments by American sports columnist Rick

Reilly, who said Woods should fire Williams as part of any attempt

to repair his marriage.

“(Woods) needs to clean house,” Reilly wrote in his column in

ESPN The Magazine.

“If he wants to keep his wife, he has to get a new agent, a new

caddie and some new friends.

“It’s hard to believe all this went on without their help or

knowledge. How can she see them as anything but enablers?”

Williams angrily denied any knowledge of Woods’

infidelities.

“What people fail to realize is I (just) work for Tiger

Woods,” he said.

“I live in New Zealand, I travel to and from New Zealand to

caddie for Tiger Woods. I am not with him 24/7.

“Whilst I am a very good friend of his … I don’t know what he

does off the course. His indiscretions have probably been (when he

wasn’t playing). When he is not competing, I am back in New

Zealand. I have no knowledge of what he is doing.

“I am an honest person. I had no knowledge of what was going on

(with Tiger). If I did, I would say I did.”

Williams said he would be ready to carry Woods’ bag whenever he

chose to return to competitive golf.

“I have always stated that my last caddie job will be caddying

for Tiger,” he said.

“I am committed to him. I understand he needs a break to sort

his personal stuff out and I will be there for him when he wishes

to return to play.”