While Tiger Woods has apologized for his own "infidelity," his longtime caddie is speaking out, defending himself against claims he had any knowledge of the golfer's activities off the course.
"What people fail to realize is I [just] work for Tiger Woods," caddie Steve Williams told New Zealand's Sunday News. "I live in New Zealand, I travel to and from New Zealand to caddie for Tiger Woods. I am not with him 24/7. [While] I am a very good friend of his… I don't know what he does off the course. Some nights we go to dinner. His indiscretions have probably been [when he wasn't playing]… When he is not competing, I am back in New Zealand. I have no knowledge of what he is doing."
Williams' statements came on the heels of a column by ESPN's Rick Reilly, who suggested the caddie was part of a group who Woods would need to cut ties with if he wanted to save his marriage to Elin Nordegren.
"[Woods] needs to clean house," Reilly wrote. "If he wants to keep his wife, he has to get a new agent, a new caddie and some new friends… It's hard to believe all this went on without their help or knowledge."
The caddie – who reportedly made more than $1 million last year as Woods' on-course bag man – refuted Reilly's claims and took exception to the message.
"I had no knowledge of what Tiger's indiscretion was. And for Rick Reilly to turn around and say that I am a liar and there is no way I couldn't know – and that I should be fired – that is sensational journalism at its height right there," Williams continued. "I am an honest person. I had no knowledge of what was going on [with Tiger]. If I did, I would say I did."
As far as when his boss might return to the fairways, after Woods announced he was taking an "indefinite" leave from the game, Williams said he hadn't been given any clues.
"Tiger just said he needs a break and I don't want to put any pressure on the guy," Williams added. "He will know in his mind, and his family will know in their mind, when it is the right time for him to return to playing golf… when he is ready to come back he will be ready to come back."
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