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Tiger Woods no longer intimidates his rivals, says ex-caddy Steve Williams

Outspoken New Zealander reveals he will quit full-time golf this year and hopes to reconcile with former world No 1

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 March, 2014, 9:08pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 March, 2014, 9:08pm

Outspoken caddy Steve Williams says his former employer, Tiger Woods, has lost his "intimidation factor", as the New Zealander revealed he will quit full-time golf this year.

Williams, who was sacked by Woods in 2011 after helping him win all but one of his 14 major titles, added that he had yet to reconcile with the world No 1, but hopes to one day.

"There's just personal things and differences of opinion about how things went down. He thinks one thing and I think another," said Williams, who now carries the bags of Australian world No 2 Adam Scott.

Guys were quite intimidated by him, but there is no intimidation any more. That counts for a lot
Steve Williams

"I need to sort that out with him. But I haven't had the opportunity to sit down with him and iron out a few things, but it will happen at some stage."

Williams was fired after Woods' slide down the world rankings following the revelation that the American had a string of extramarital affairs.

Since then, Woods has failed to win another major and Williams gave his own reasons why.

"He doesn't have the intimidation factor anymore. That was a big thing, guys were quite intimidated by him, but there is no intimidation any more. That counts for a lot," Williams said.

Williams has helped transform Scott into a major champion and the heir apparent to Woods' top ranking.

But after a long career that has also seen him caddy for Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd, Williams said it was time to slow down. "Adam knows my intentions. He knows that 2014 will be my last year of doing it full-time, so he knows that if I'm going to carry on in 2015 it will be on a limited basis," Williams said.

"So we're just trying to focus on having the best year that we can in 2014 and then we'll discuss it at the end of the year."

Williams said three and a half decades on tour was enough.

"I think it's my 36th year of continuous caddying, so 36 is a number that's sort of synonymous with golf," he said.

"I've just turned 50 and I just thought it was the right time. I've not had enough of the job, but I've certainly had enough of the travelling. So at the end of this year I might carry on on a part-time basis or quit altogether."

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