Steve Williams, the controversial former caddie of Tiger Woods was asked on stage during a dinner at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, to explain his notorious gloating celebration after Adam Scott’s win at Akron in August. He replied, in reference to Woods – “My aim was to shove it right up that black —hole.” The incident took place when Williams, who received a tongue in cheek award from fellow caddies for ‘celebration of the year’, was invited to recall his infamous swipe against Woods in Ohio three months ago.
The comment by Williams left the audience of sponsors, caddies and players stunned. The occasion had been intended as a light hearted celebration of the ‘caddie of the year’ award, instead Williams’ comment was uniformly seen as in poor taste.
Adam Scott, whose bag Williams took over after being fired by Woods in July, was on site listening at the Le Meridien Sheshan hotel, alongside other top 10 players including Rory McIlroy.
Steve Williams has since apologized for the remarks, saying on his website, “I apologize for comments I made last night at the Annual Caddy Awards dinner in Shanghai. Players and caddies look forward to this evening all year and the spirit is always joking and fun. I now realize how my comments could be construed as racist. However I assure you that was not my intent. I sincerely apologize to Tiger and anyone else I have offended,” but the damage has been done.”