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Tiger Woods is on the lookout for a new caddie after giving a shocked Steve Williams his notice this week.

Tiger Woods is on the lookout for a new caddie after giving a shocked Steve Williams his notice this week.

The New Zealand caddy had been working for the former World number one since March, 1999, and had carried his bag in all but one of his 14 major victories.

Woods, currently sidelined while he attempts to recover from a knee injury that has already required four operations, made the announcement that he would be making a caddy change on his official website, www.tigerwoods.com.

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it’s time for a change,” Woods wrote.

“Stevie is an outstanding caddie and a friend and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments. I wish him great success in the future.”

The 35-year-old injured star, who is still the highest paid sportsman on the globe, further announced that he had not yet appointed a replacement as he continues his recovery from the injuries to his left leg and that he has not yet made any decision on when to return to the PGA Tour.

Woods’ decision, said Williams on his official website www.kiwicaddy.co.nz, had come as a “shock”.

He also confirmed that he would now be working with Adam Scott on a permanent basis, having carried the Australian’s bag at both the US Open and The Open championships.

“Following the completion of the AT&T National, I am no longer caddying for Tiger after he informed me that he needed to make a change,” wrote Williams on his website.

” After 13 years of loyal service, needless to say, this came as a shock.

“Given the circumstances of the past 18 months; working through Tiger’s scandal, a new coach and with it a major swing change and Tiger battling through injuries; I am very disappointed to end our very successful partnership at this time.

“I have had the opportunity to work of late for Australian Adam Scott and will now caddy for him on a permanent basis.

“Having started my caddying career with Australian great Peter Thompson and working for Greg Norman in the ’80s I am excited about the future working for another Australian.”

Woods, a winner of 14 major titles, missed the Open at Sandwich last week after having also missed the US Open last month.

He had been out of action for two months prior to the Open before he finally conceded he would not be able to compete at Royal St George’s.
After suffering the injuries at the Masters, he limped through the opening nine holes of the Players Championship at Sawgrass in mid-May before withdrawing.

Woods missed the US Open at Congressional in June then waited until July 6 before revealing he would also miss the Open which Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke went on to win last weekend.

Woods has slipped to 20th in the world during his period of inactivity and has not won a tournament since the Australian Masters in November 2009, just before the problems in his private that destroyed his marraige life came to light.

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