Veteran caddie Steve Williams is coming out of retirement to reunite with Adam Scott in another part-time role.
Williams caddied sporadically for the former world number one between 2011 and 2017 before they split but now the New Zealander will share the role once again with Scott’s regular bagsman Greg Hearmon.
Williams caddied for Woods for 13 of his 15 major titles while he also helped Scott break his major duck at the 2013 Masters where the Aussie saw off Angel Cabrera in a playoff.
It’s believed the 58-year-old will come on the bag for this week’s Australian PGA Championship and the Australian Open before assuming a part-time role in 2023.
“For me it’s exciting to work again with Steve and see if we can rediscover the magic,” Scott told Golf Digest on Sunday. “As a player, you experience different points in your career. Right now on the PGA Tour is a time of change, and I’m adjusting to it. Having Steve and Greg doing a job share is going to help me get everything I need and that’s to be fresh at the biggest events.”
Williams and Scott have a good record at next year’s major championship venues. Scott finished tied fifth at Oak Hill and Royal Liverpool in the PGA and Open Championships with him on the bag while the Kiwi has already tasted success around Royal Liverpool in 2006 with Woods.
Scott has had mixed results in the majors since parting ways with Williams and he is hungry to add a second major to his CV.
“My goal is to win majors; I had a good run with Steve in the majors and we did win the Masters, but it’s about getting an overall balance for what I need to perform in the biggest events,” Scott said. “Steve is at a point in his life where he’d like to have a dabble again, so to speak. It’s a good balance for him because it won’t be a full year’s grind.”
Williams is delighted to be out of retirement and back on the bag for Scott.
“The time I spent caddieing for Adam was very memorable; helping him becoming the first Australian to win at Augusta,” said Williams who was on the bag for Scott’s 2011 WGC Invitational win. “I feel Adam is in a good shape with his game, and I’m fresh having not caddied for a few years, so I’ll bring a lot of enthusiasm.
“I’ve always said to Adam and to others, to be remembered as one of the great players, you have to win multiple majors. The opportunity to try and get Adam major No. 2 and elevate himself to a special group of players in history, would be a privilege.”