Iconic caddie Steve Williams is set to come out of retirement to reunite with Adam Scott, in a pairing that brought Australia's first and only win at The Masters. Williams is best known for being the former caddie of Tiger Woods, with the New Zealander on the bag for 13 of the American's 15 career major wins, after spending more than 11 years working with the former World No.1.
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However, as far as Scott is concerned, Williams is best remembered for being on the Aussie's bag for his momentous 2013 Masters victory at Augusta National. Williams was front and centre with Scott in some of the most iconic images in Australian golf history, celebrating with the Queenslander after he became the country's first and so far only winner of the coveted green jacket.
The New Zealand bagman spent more than three years working alongside Scott during a period that saw the Aussie reach No.1 in the world. Williams is now set to come out of retirement on a temporary basis to caddie for Scott in this week's Australian PGA Championship in Brisbane, followed by next week's Australian Open in Melbourne.
Scott said the New Zealander will then share the role in 2023 with regular caddie Greg Hearmon.
"For me it's exciting to work again with Steve and see if we can rediscover the magic," Scott told Golf Digest. "As a player, you experience different points in your career. Right now on the PGA Tour is a time of change, and I'm adjusting to it. Having Steve and Greg doing a job share is going to help me get everything I need and that's to be fresh at the biggest events."
The news has left golf fans excited too, with social media inundated with reactions to the reunion between the Aussie star and the caddie.
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Steve Williams to come out of retirement to caddie for Adam Scott.
Williams famously caddied for Tiger Woods from 1999-2011; he then worked with Scott from 2011-2017.
— Underdog Golf (@Underdog__Golf) November 21, 2022
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— SI Golf (@SI_Golf) November 21, 2022
Adam Scott confident after strong 2022
Scott, 42, had been the subject of rumours that he would follow in the footsteps of Aussie compatriots Cam Smith, Marc Leishman and Matt Jones by joining the controversial LIV Golf series. While Scott admitted the reduced schedule was appealing, he ultimately decided to remain with the PGA Tour, having enjoyed a strong season that saw him qualify for the season-ending FedEx Cup tournaments.
Scott ended 2021 ranked 46th in the world but is currently No. 34. He hasn't won in 2022 but does have three top-10 finishes in his past five worldwide starts and posted top-15 finishes at the US Open and the British Open.
Williams first worked as Scott's caddie in 2011 after being fired by Woods. He was on the bag for Scott's 2013 Masters title and when Scott ascended to No. 1 the following year. The two parted ways in 2017.
"My goal is to win majors; I had a good run with Steve in the majors and we did win the Masters, but it's about getting an overall balance for what I need to perform in the biggest events," Scott said. "Steve is at a point in his life where he'd like to have a dabble again, so to speak. It's a good balance for him because it won't be a full year's grind."
Scott does have 10 top-10s finishes in majors since that 2013 triumph at Augusta, but he's still seeking that elusive second major title.
"I've always said to Adam and to others, to be remembered as one of the great players, you have to win multiple majors," Williams said. "The opportunity to try and get Adam major No. 2 and elevate himself to a special group of players in history would be a privilege."
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