By Steve Williams

Publish 12 months note: First released, November second 2015 by means of Penguin Books New Zealand

Steve Williams’ much-anticipated account of his years caddying for the various world’s best golfers, together with Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd.

One of the main profitable caddies of the trendy period, having gathered one hundred fifty wins, Kiwi Steve Williams has labored with many of the golf world’s top, together with thirteen years at the bag of Tiger Woods. jointly, Woods and Williams received greater than eighty tournaments – with thirteen significant championships between them.

In this candid mirrored image on his years caddying for Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd, Terry Gale, Ian Baker-Finch and Adam Scott, Williams stocks the highs and lows in their careers, explains the serious function of a caddy and provides a unprecedented insider’s view of the pro golf global.

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Whilst John Freer, who was once a supervisor on the Hillary fee (now often called recreation New Zealand), and Wellington golfing supervisor Owen Williams have been plotting how to get the recent Zealand Open sanctioned as a ecu journey occasion. whilst all 4 got here jointly they shaped a syndicate referred to as Plus Fore, which tried to elevate the multi-million-dollar visual appeal cost for Tiger to play abroad plus different expenses, corresponding to elevated prize funds for the Open. They did the entire paintings in New Zealand, however the undertaking additionally fed on loads of my time in 2001. the most factor was once to discover an appropriate date that took into consideration the Australasian and PGA travel schedules. We aimed for February 2002 – the recent Zealand summer season climate is extra settled then – yet needed to accept January. Tiger may possibly fly from Hawaii the place he used to be scheduled to play the season-opening event reserved for gamers who had gained an occasion the 12 months prior to. along with his personal airplane, it used to be an exquisite effortless leap all the way down to New Zealand. not anything in my existence had provided as a lot anticipation as this. It was once the realisation of a dream I’d desired to in attaining with Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd yet neither have been capable of win an important whilst i used to be caddying for them. For a couple of purposes, notwithstanding, probably the most expected weeks in my lifestyles had become a humid squib. within the history loads of tinkering occurred that I had no keep watch over over. The Plus Fore workforce struggled to get the cash wanted and at one level the whole lot used to be destined to break down. Mark Steinberg, Tiger’s supervisor, was once steadfast together with his closing date for the money to be paid and the agreement drawn up. The alternate cost on the time intended the syndicate needed to bring up extra money than they first anticipated and so they have been nonetheless significantly brief as D-Day approached. A mad scramble ended in a few additional backers coming in however the expense was once a lack of keep an eye on for Plus Fore. in lots of methods, it had develop into too gigantic for Plus Fore to regulate besides they usually wanted monetary specialists concerned. the very fact humans I knew and depended on had misplaced keep watch over of the development took the gloss off it for me – specifically after they have been criticised for price tag costs being too excessive and defense being excessive. the opposite factor I couldn’t keep an eye on used to be the elements – we’d desired to carry the match the subsequent month while the elements will be at its most sensible – yet situations dictated it needed to be held in January and the rain used to be unrelenting. the whole summer time have been undesirable, leaving the vegetables in bad . the single factor Tiger hated specifically else was once taking part in on bumpy vegetables. At Paraparaumu, they have been spongy and gentle, and after that sunny Tuesday the elements used to be ratshit and the situation of the vegetables worsened via the day. Tiger enjoyed the path. He notion the gathering of par-3s have been one of the best he’d visible. My major want used to be that the vegetables have been larger, the elements have been kinder and cash hadn’t assumed loads value – this could were a party of golfing since it was once most likely the single and purely time this man was once going to be in New Zealand to play.

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