In frank interviews about his dismissal published Friday in his native New Zealand, the 47-year-old caddie said he had lost “a tremendous amount of respect” for the game’s biggest star.
“I was prepared to hang in there through thick and thin,” Williams said, “so I find the timing extraordinary.”
“Sometimes you get an inkling that something’s going to happen … And I basically didn’t have much to say with him. I was somewhat in a state of shock, but I just listened to what he thought,” Williams told the Herald. “I didn’t agree with what he was telling me but at the end of the day that wasn’t going to make a difference so I just took it on the chin.”
“I understand that’s part of the game … To be let go after staying incredibly loyal during the most difficult time in his life and then for him to decide that he needs a change, I think that the timing has been very poor,” he said. “When Tiger went through the Tiger scandal, as it’s known, I was obviously very disappointed in him, as everyone was. Obviously I lost a tremendous amount of respect for him … and I told him that he had to earn back my respect. Whatever respect he may have earned back, he’s just lost.”
“I’m a very big stickler for loyalty and I stuck with Tiger through his difficult period when a lot of people thought I should have left his side,” he said. “That was the most difficult period that I’ve ever been through in my life. I’m pretty hardheaded and took it probably a lot better than my wife and family did, but there’s no way that I should have been put through that.”
“My name should have been cleared immediately. It wasn’t and that’s what makes it even more disappointing what’s transpired.” he told TVNZ. “I never really got pardoned from that scandal so the timing of it is extraordinary. You could say I’ve wasted two years of my life.”
“I had no idea what was going on and that was the hardest part … it was a difficult time,” he told the New Zealand Herald. “I’m a straight-up person, I’m a loyal person _ if I knew something, then I’d say I did.”