Steve Williams surprised a crowd of more than 100 people at the annual awards dinner of the caddies’ in the WGC-HSBC Championship in Shanghai, when he made a racially derogatory comment about his former employer, Tiger Woods.
Williams was on stage at dinner, where he received an award from the tongue in cheek fellow caddies “Celebration of the Year”, when asked to explain his remarks after caddy Adam Scott to win the WGC-Invitational Bridgestone in August.
“My goal was to push it until the black (expletive),” said Williams, referring to Woods.
Among the players who heard the comment Scott, for whom Williams went to work after he was fired by Woods, and Rory McIlroy.
After Scott won the Bridgestone Invitational, Williams told a television audience that it was “the best victory of my life.”
Later on Friday, Williams issued this apology on its website: “I apologize for comments I made last night at the annual dinner of the Caddy Awards in Shanghai. The players and caddies hope this night all the year and spirit is always joking and having fun. Now I realize that my comments could be interpreted as racist. But I tell you it was not my intention. sincerely apologize to Tiger and no one has offended me. ”
The line of Williams drew the biggest reaction at a party attended by several players, caddies, officials and some media. There was a mix of laughter and shock, with some players back to each other with eyes wide and jaws agape.
All comments in the party are supposed to be off the record, however, several caddies continued to talk about the observation of Williams. He came the next morning at breakfast, Williams was surprised to learn that the British tabloids had gone with the story.
“Why would they do that?” said. “All this was meant to be fun.”
Woods was in Australia, although it was not long for comments back to him.
“I was with Tiger last night when he heard the news,” said Mark Steinberg, his agent at Excel Sports Management, The Associated Press. “We had several calls from people who sounded like they were leaving the party Caddie Tiger, obviously, was not there he does not know exactly what was said, but several reports -… They all seem to be exact – are true, then it is sad that we have come to this. ”
“It’s a sad commentary, and there’s really nothing you can do or say Tiger. It’s just going to keep going.”
Several players who were at dinner on Saturday morning, said he would not comment. Scott was preparing for his third round of the HSBC Champions, where he was one shot off the lead. He is on his second World Golf Championship of the year.
It is not the first time Williams has gotten in trouble for his words.
Three years ago, at a banquet in New Zealand, made a disparaging comment about Phil Mickelson. Williams said it was meant in fun, though Woods will apologize to Mickelson.
Comments in Shanghai had a more sensitive nature from the British press for alleged racial comments footballer John Terry to Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League loss last month.