Scott, Williams end historic partnership

It had to happen sooner or later.

Especially given that the man many rate as the world’s best caddy had already indicated he intended to cut back his “golf commitments” in 2014.

Adam Scott and Steve Williams Adam Scott and Steve Williams (Credit: www.golffile.ie)

So Steve Williams and Adam Scott have had a friendly parting of the ways with Scott, currently ranked the second-best player in the world behind Rory McIlroy, indicating he needed someone on a more permanent basis to carry his bag if he is to add to his lone major championship, the 2013 US Masters.

Williams wants to spend more time with his family at home in New Zealand and will only make spasmodic appearances on the US Tour, mostly at major championships.

Now the man who has caddied for players like Peter Thomson, Ian Baker-Finch, Raymond Floyd, Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Adam Scott in his career will have to look around for a new ‘boss’.

Likewise Scott will need a new man on his bag for two events in Asia and the Triple Crown of events in Australia in the summer.

He may trial a few before making appointing some permanently early in the New Year.

Williams was hoping he could continue working with Scott for the main events next year, until the Queenslander pointed out he wanted something more permanent.

“I understand Steve’s position,” Scott said.

“His life and his career are different to mine. And part-time didn’t sound super-appealing to me.”

“Steve has been an integral part of my team in a period where I have fulfilled some of my lifetime golfing goals.”

“Now our priorities and stages of life are different, so we decided this was the best time to end our partnership.”

Scott has always praised Williams for helping him read the biggest putt of his life – the one that won him the US Masters in a playoff against Angel Cabrera at Augusta.

No doubt Williams will have no trouble finding a new boss.