21 Jul 2011

Steve Williams shocked Tiger Woods has sacked him

1:08 pm on 21 July 2011

Tiger Woods' sacked caddie Steve Williams says being told the former world number one no longer wanted to work with him came as a shock.

The New Zealander's issued a statement on his website after Woods used his to say he was sacking the man who'd carried his bag for 13 years and in 13 major championship wins.

Woods has been trying to rebuild his golf swing and his private life following the breakup of his marriage after he confessed to a string of affairs.

Williams says it's very disappointing to end their successful partnership after battling through the aftermath the scandal in 2009, as well as a new coach, a major swing change and injuries.

He's now caddying for the Australian Adam Scott after starting his career with the great Australian Peter Thomson then working for Greg Norman.

Woods hasn't named a replacement or said when he'll return to competition from leg injuries.

In his statement Woods says he thinks it's time for a change, describing Williams as an outstanding caddie and a friend who's been instrumental in many of his accomplishments and wishing him great success in the future.