- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2011

JOHNS CREEK, GA. (AP) - Steve Williams says he meant no harm.

Adam Scott calls it no big deal.

Now, they agree, it’s time “to let our clubs do the talking.”

Scott is coming off a four-stroke win against an elite field at the World Golf Championship, which makes him one of the favorites in the PGA Championship, the final major of the year.

But the very first question the Aussie was asked Tuesday at Atlanta Athletic Club _ and several more that followed _ were about his caddie.

Specifically, did Williams steal the attention that should have gone to Scott by lashing out at former boss Tiger Woods as soon as they came off the 18th green at Firestone?

“I think it all got a little out of hand,” Scott said, “but we’ll just go on from there.”

Williams told The Associated Press he was caught off guard when the media came up to interview him after Scott’s win.

“It’s very unusual for TV to put a microphone in front of a caddie’s face,” he said when reached on his cell phone. “There was a lot of emotion and anger that came out. It wasn’t meant to offend anyone.”

On Sunday, Williams gave an interview that was nearly twice as long as Scott‘s, calling it “the best win I’ve ever had” _ quite a pronouncement, given he was on the bag for 13 of Woods‘ major titles before getting fired this summer.

The caddie also made it clear he felt Woods had treated him unfairly, saying he stuck by his former boss even through all his personal turmoil and health issues.

Woods missed the last three months _ including two majors _ recovering from a leg injury. He returned at Firestone, where he finished 18 shots behind the winner.

That only added to Williams‘ glee.

“Look, we’ve had a chat about the whole thing,” said Scott, whose laid-back personality is a striking contrast to Williams‘ emotional demeanor. “I just took what he said as confidence in me. If he really feels that was one of his great wins, I’m kind of flattered and it fills me with confidence. I think that’s what his intention is, to be honest.”

Some players have criticized Williams for the way he handled the interview, saying he should have kept the attention on Scott after he pulled away for an impressive four-stroke win.

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