3 Aug 2011

Tiger has no regrets about sacking Williams

6:25 am on 3 August 2011

The former world number one Tiger Woods returns to competitive golf this week insisting he has no regrets about sacking caddie Steve Williams.

Woods, who last played in May, is in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational field and he'll play alongside Open champion Darren Clarke in the first 2 rounds.

He ended a 12-year partnership with Williams last month, prompting an angry response from the New Zealander who says he had wasted two years.

Woods who is now number 28 in the world, says it was time for a change. Stevie and I have had an amazing run - Stevie's an amazing caddie.

The new man on the bag for Woods at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio will be childhood friend Bryon Bell, who also caddied for him in the 1999 Buick Invitational.

Woods, who won the most recent of his 14 majors in 2008 and has not won any tournament since November 2009, was last seen in competitive action at the Players Championship.

Steve Williams now carries Australian Adam Scott's bag.