Saturday 24 February 2018

Williams gets Tiger a rub of green on detour

SO who did we see striding through Duty Free at Dublin Airport shortly before 6.0 yesterday morning?

There, large as life, was Tiger's caddie Steve Williams, one of the bagmen bumped off the US team's official overnight charter flight from Atlanta to Cardiff.

It would have been nice to stop and chat or see if Williams managed to pass the camera stand without incident. Sadly, however, we were rushing for a flight of our own.

Originally, three caddies were asked to make their own travel arrangements when the plane chartered by the PGA had problems and a replacement had fewer seats up front.

Williams, Stewart Cink's bagman Frank Williams and Rickie Fowler's porter Joe Skovron were chosen because their employers weren't playing in Sunday's Tour Championship.

In a wonderful gesture, Phil Mickelson's caddie Jim 'Bones' Mackay offered Skovron his seat because he didn't want the Ryder Cup rookie to miss out on the excitement of travelling with the US team for the first time.

According to reports, Mackay crossed the Atlantic in steerage with a host of passengers who were delighted to pay the PGA for the privilege of flying on the same aircraft as the team.

Williams made his own travel arrangements from his US base in Portland, Oregon, to Celtic Manor via Dublin.

Maybe he took the opportunity to pick up a sprig of lucky shamrock on the way ... after the season he's had, Tiger could do with a rub of the green this week.

Irish Independent

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