August 12, 2006

THE CERTAINTY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE READ:

Tiger's caddie remembers defining moment (DOUG FERGUSON, Aug 8, 2006, AP)

That hug at Hoylake can be traced to Medinah in 1999, a course outside Chicago that holds special memories for Williams and where he returns next week for the
PGA Championship.

It was there, on the 17th green in the final round, when the caddie felt he finally had earned the trust of his player.

They had been together for only five months and 10 tournaments, three of them victories, none in a major. Woods had lost his No. 1 ranking and gone 2 1/2 years without a major since winning the 1997 Masters. The pressure was building that afternoon, especially when his five-shot lead over 19-year-old Sergio Garcia was down to one.

Woods hit 7-iron over the green on the par-3 17th, and his chip came up 8 feet short. Miss that putt, and his lead would be gone.

He studied the line from both sides, crouched behind the ball and then called Williams over and asked what he saw.

The caddie spoke with clarity and certainty.

"Inside left," he told him.

"Are you sure?" Woods replied.

He buried the putt in the heart of the hole, made a routine par on the 18th and won his second major championship.

"From my perspective, that was a defining moment between a player and a caddie, when the player gains complete trust in the caddie's opinion," Williams said. "The 17th was such a pivotal hole for us. I remember in practice when he putted across that side of the green, every putt didn't break as much as it looked. I was 100 percent sure of the read. It was a great moment."

And if he had been wrong?

"Then I'd probably be talking to you from the beach in New Zealand," Williams said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 12, 2006 12:18 PM
Comments

This sounds like cheating. Caddies should just be there to carry the clubs.

Posted by: RC at August 13, 2006 5:52 AM

You've obviously never caddied.

Posted by: oj at August 13, 2006 9:04 AM
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