In soccer, there is a saying about midfielders: If you have two of them, you really don’t have anything. We will soon find out if the same motto applies to cans.
On Sunday night, Hall of Fame caddy Steve Williams announced he was coming out of retirement in order to rejoin Adam Scott for a handful of select events in 2023. Under the supposed new agreement, Scott will take the unusual step of splitting caddy duties between Williams and current caddy, Greg Harmon.
“For me, it’s exciting to work again with Steve and see if we can rediscover the magic,” Scott said. Golf Digest Evin Priest. “As a player, you have different points in your career. Now on the PGA Tour is a time for change, and I am adjusting to it. Having Steve and Greg share the business will help me get everything I need and that will be fresh at the biggest events.”
Williams and Scott first worked together in the early 2010s, when the two Australians combined for five wins, including Scott’s only major tournament, the 2013 Masters. The pair split in 2017, and Williams retired after 40 years and 14 major championships on the bag.
Before Scott, Williams spent more than a decade as one half of one of the most prolific pairs in golf history, serving as Tiger Woods’ caddy for most of his early playing years. Williams and Woods’ partnership has resulted in 13 majors and dozens of PGA Tour victories, including millions in winnings for the man in the bag. Williams gained a reputation during that period for his brash, protective demeanor during events, which led to a sometimes malicious relationship with the public.
“My time with Tiger, it was such a whirlwind that I never stopped smelling the roses, really,” he told Priest recently.
In 2011, Woods and Williams underwent a major split which led to Williams being paired with Scott. In the same year, Scott and Williams hacked WGC-Bridgestone, earning Williams’ now-famous snub towards his former boss.
“It’s the greatest week of my life playing caddies,” he said at the time. “And I sincerely mean that.”
Now, Williams is returning from retirement to help Scott — whose game has lagged some recent years — back to the top. The 42-year-old hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since February 2020 and is coming off a season in which he posted five top-10 finishes but finished no better than 14th in the majors.
Back in Scott’s briefcase, it seems Williams is hoping he can coax his man to one final grand slam — a number that would bring Williams’ career total to 15, and Scott’s to an equally important two.
“I always said to Adam and the others, to remember me as one of the great players, you have to win a lot of major championships,” said Williams. “The chance to try and get Adam Major’s No. 2 and elevate himself into a special group of players in history would be a privilege.”
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