Monday 11 December 2017

Williams savours Scott's victory

Bernie McGuire

Steve Williams, the former long-time caddie to Tiger Woods, was smarting after helping steer Adam Scott to victory in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Scott moved back inside the top-10 in the world rankings, winning the $8.5m event by four shots with a five-under-par 65 for a 17-under victory tally.

Williams was dumped by Woods ahead of the American's return to competition and made his feelings known straight after the round.

"The only place I am interested in finishing is first, and I am a confident front-runner when I am racing cars, and I am a confident front-runner at a golf tournament," he said.

"But I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say I was nervous today, and while a lot has been said this week I've always believed in myself and it's good to back it up.

"I have caddied for 33 years and this is my 145th win, and also easily the most satisfying."

Rory McIlroy was among three players to share sixth place at 10-under-par, carding a final-round 67.

"It's been a very productive week and to shoot four rounds in the 60s is great to take to the PGA Championship," he said.

"There's a lot of positives going into next week, which is great. It would be nice to have given myself a little more of a chance to win this week, but I just didn't hole enough putts."

Woods, meanwhile, continued to struggle with the driver in recording a final-round 70 for a one-over tally in joint 38th.

Irish Independent

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