Williams out as Scott names alternative major caddie
A frustrated Adam Scott will try something new at this week’s US PGA, the final major of the year.
The Queensland star will go into a major without New Zealand’s Steve Williams on his bag for the first time since the Masters in 2015.
Adam Scott with part-time caddy Steve Williams (Credit: Anthony Powter)
And even then Williams’ absence was only brought on by his retirement before Scott later lured him back just to carry his bag in major events.
And that was the only major in the past six years where Williams was absent from duty.
Scott will head for Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina this week frustrated by his lack of success and with his other part-time ‘looper’ David Clark on the bag.
“Clarkey is caddying,” Scott told the media at last week’s WGC Bridgestone Open in Ohio.
“He hasn’t caddied for me for 15 weeks so he needed to come out here. Actually he’s only caddied for me five times this year.”
“It’s very difficult; you have to balance two caddies.”
Scott knows he needs a big week to be any chance of succeeding in the PGA Tour’s season-long FedEx Cup race.
That’s because he is already planning to miss the first two FedEx events to be present when his wife Marie has their second child.
Of course that means he is gambling that he could fall out of the top 70 and not even be eligible to play in the BMW Championship, the third event of the playoffs.
“I’ll have to play exceptionally well the next two weeks to make it to the BMW,” said Scott, who did his chances no harm with a tie for 13th behind Hideki Matsuyama in Ohio but now he needs to back it up at Quail Hollow – without Williams there to advise.
“These are two big weeks; a WGC event and a major. It would go a long way toward feeling good about the year,” he said.
“There has been a lot of average golf. It’s frustrating because I haven’t been able to put it all together.”
Williams was on the bag for 13 of Tiger Woods’ 14 major titles before helping Scott to his breakthrough 2013 Masters victory and a stint as the No 1 player in the world in 2014.