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THE WELLINGTONIAN, NOVEMBER 10, 2011
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Williams makes fool of himself
Working together: Steve Williams, left, and Adam Scott seem happy enough, but for how long?
Ian Thorpe’s comeback to top
swimming, Alex Ferguson’s
25 years in charge of
Manchester United, Chris Martin
taking his 200th test wicket
– there have been plenty of good
stories to dwell on lately. But then
Steve Williams comes charging
into the fray.
Attending an awards roast for
caddies while in Shanghai, Wil-
liams couldn’t resist another crack
at former employer and friend
Williams was given a mock
award for Celebration of the Year
for his over-the-top comments
after the Bridgestone Invitational
a few months ago.
That’s when his new pro, Adam
Scott, won the tournament and
Williams described it as his
greatest win, overlooking the 13
Majors Woods won while Williams
carried his bag.
The comment caused incred-
ulity and the next day Williams
backed down big-time, saying he’d
got carried away with the
He must have got carried away
again in Shanghai, when he
explained he was so happy with
Scott’s win because ‘‘it was my
aim to shove it right up that black
The comment defied belief.
Compared to Williams, Labour’s
David Cunliffe was positively
charming when he said: ‘‘If Judith
Collins was the last woman on
Earth the species would probably
Williams was classless and
racist. And he seems to believe he
does the winning on the golf
course, not the golfer.
It was as if he was trying to
attract attention by being as out-
rageously offensive as possible.
Didn’t he know that foot-in-
mouth broadcaster Paul Henry
already had the $1 million break-
fast gig with Channel Ten in Aust-
ralia sewn up?
Soon there was the mandatory
Williams apology. On reflection he
could see how his comments
‘‘could be construed as racist’’.
Three years ago, Williams ran
off at the mouth and described
Phil Mickelson as ‘‘a prick’’. He
apologised then too, on Woods’
instructions, and explained he’d
Woods and Williams have had a
bitter break-up after 12 years as
the most successful golfer/caddy
partnership in history.
Williams is clearly aggrieved.
But the way he’s acting, he’s mak-
ing those porn actresses, cocktail
waitresses and pole dancers
Woods was linked with while mar-
ried seem like class acts.
Most of them, despite being
treated with contempt by Woods,
have kept their dignity by saying
Williams can’t let it go.
What’s really bizarre is that
he’s just a caddy. He carries the
Caddies can be important,
bolstering a golfer’s confidence,
and advising on club choice and
tactics. But the golfer wins the
That point seems to elude Wil-
liams, who is acting like a child,
not a 47-year-old.
There are lots of break-ups in
sport. Surely it’s better when the
bad blood is spilled in private.
Valerie Adams and Kirsten Hel-
lier haven’t had much publicly to
say about their split. Jonah Lomu
and Phil Kingsley Jones parted
ways and offered very little by
way of explanation.
We in the media like a bit of
juice. But it really is often like
reporting on a spat between four-
year-olds in a playground.
It’s advisable to retain your dig-
nity and move on with your
Adam Scott is a decent and
under-stated bloke, a top Aussie.
I wouldn’t be surprised if he
eventually feels enough is enough
and dispenses with Williams’
Aria a star of
SKATING TO SUCCESS: Newlands youngster
Aria Coleman is given a few tips by her mother,
Imelda, before the Tiny Tots Figures at the central
area rollersports championships in Wanganui
Aria, 5, won her event and has qualified to
represent the lower North Island at the New
Zealand championships in Timaru in January.
It will be her second nationals and she will
compete in Tiny Tots Figures and Tiny Tots
At her first nationals, in Auckland last January,
Aria placed fourth in Tiny Tots freeskating.
Her mother and her aunt, Raewyn Hailes, both
coach at the Upper Hutt Rollerskating Club, the
competitive club that covers the Wellington region.
The club will have 27 skaters at the nationals.
A casino night will be held at the Upper Hutt
Cossie Club on November 25 to raise funds to
help the skaters fund the trip.
Tickets are available from the Upper Hutt
Rollerskating Club and the Cossie Club. For
information, phone Debbie Bougen, 5272218.
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