Williams, who is known for his inability to control himself, received a tongue and cheek award for “celebration of the year” at the Annual Caddie Awards dinner. The “celebration” for which he was awarded occurred just moments after Adam Scott won the Bridgestone Invitational (the first major tournament with Williams as his caddie), and was just two weeks after Tiger Woods fired Williams. Just after the round, in an interview with David Feherty, Williams openly taunted Tiger Woods. “I have been caddying for more than 30 years now and that is the best win of my life. A lot has been said and it is great to back it up.”
While accepting the award, Williams was asked what the celebration was all about. Williams responded, “It was my aim to shove it right up that black a**hole.”
The comment was made at a private dinner where all comments were deemed “off the record” however, another caddie relayed the information to a group of reporters who were not bound by the rule.
Immediately following the dinner, Williams apologized for the comment on his website. “I apologize for comments I made last night at the Annual Caddy Awards dinner in Shanghai. Players and caddies look forward to this evening all year and the spirit is always joking and fun. I now realize how my comments could be construed as racist. However I assure you that was not my intent. I sincerely apologize to Tiger and anyone else I have offended.”
Following an uproar in the golfing community and requests for the PGA Tour to punish Williams, the PGA made the following statement:
“We consider the remarks of Steve Williams, as reported, entirely unacceptable in whatever context,” the statement said. “We are aware that he has apologized fully and we trust we will not hear remarks ever gain. Based on this, we consider the matter closed, and we will have no further comment.”
Williams employer, Adam Scott came under fire for allowing Williams to continue on the bag. Scott told reporters ”Steve issued a statement and apologized and he did the right thing. That’s all there is to say about that from my side of things.” He continued, ”It’s not an issue for me. I think everything in that room last night was all in good spirits and a bit of fun and I think it probably got taken out of that room in the wrong context.”
No one will ever know for sure if Williams comments were intended to be racist or not, but one thing is certain:
This isn’t the last time we’ll hear something snarky from Steve Williams.