R-Mac says Williams went too far
Rory McIlroy believes Steve Williams went too far with his comments after Adam Scott’s four-stroke victory at Firestone.
Rory McIlroy believes Steve Williams went too far with his comments after Adam Scott’s four-stroke victory in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone on Sunday.
Williams, who saw a a 12-year relationship with Tiger Woods abruptly terminated last month when he was unexpectedly sacked, said pointedly that Scott’s win was “the greatest week of my life as a caddie”.
Not unexpectedly the New Zealander’s remark grabbed the headlines given that Williams and Woods worked together for seven WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and 13 major successes.
But McIlroy, speaking on theGolf Channel ahead of this week’s PGA Championship in Atlanta, said: “You say things in the heat of the moment – Stevie maybe went a little too far.
“I definitely think it took away from Adam’s win. It was a phenomenal win – he played unbelievable all week.
“Adam’s the one hitting the shots. Steve’s obviously had a good influence on him the last four weeks or whatever it is, but Adam’s the one who ultimately gets the ball in the hole.
“A caddie is very important at times, but you can’t take anything away from what Adam did.”
It seems that McIlroy, currently playing most of his golf on the European Tour, is not about to change his mind with regard to taking up US PGA Tour membership again next season.
He confirmed he would be making the move during his TV interview.
English golfer Chris Wood, who wasn’t at Firestone, but watched the Bridgestone on television, went on Twitter to take shots at Williams.
“I cannot believe they have interviewed Steve Williams. Nice of him to take away from Scotty’s win. Says it all,” Wood wrote.
Steve Stricker was more cautious with his comments, saying that Williams was clearly upset at being fired and was eager to let his feelings out after the acrimonious split.
“I’m not going to say if he went overboard or not,” Stricker said on Monday after a practice round at the Atlanta Athletic Club where this week’s PGA Championship is to be staged.
“It’s just too bad their relationship had to end like that.”
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