Scott defends caddie stance

GOLF: World number eight Adam Scott has defended his decision not to sack caddie Steve Williams in the wake of last week’s racism row and hopes the matter is now closed.

Williams, sacked by Tiger Woods this summer, landed himself in trouble when he told the audience at an awards dinner for caddies in Shanghai that the aim of his celebration when Scott won a world championship event in August was “to shove it right up that black arsehole”.

The New Zealander subsequently apologised and Woods yesterday said he had discussed the matter with his former bagman at this week’s Australian Open and had drawn a line under the episode.

Scott, who issued a statement earlier this week condemning Williams’ comments but saying he would not sack the New Zealander, said it was “probably a good thing that they did (shake hands)”.

“Everyone has their own opinions about the subject so I’ve stood by mine and said all I have to say about it really,” said the 31-year-old.