Stevie Williams: Interview 'mistake'

Updated: March 12, 2014, 2:34 PM ET
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Tiger Woods' former caddie says he regrets his television interview on the 18th green after Adam Scott won at Firestone in 2011.

After Scott won the Bridgestone Invitational, Stevie Williams got most of the attention during a post-tournament interview. Williams had spent 12 years with Woods until getting fired a month earlier and joining Scott, and he told David Feherty of CBS Sports, "I've caddied for 33 years -- 145 wins now -- and that's the best win I've ever had."

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Layne Bailey/Charlotte Observer/MCT/Getty ImagesStevie Williams was Tiger Woods' caddie for 13 of the world No. 1's 14 major championship victories.

In an interview with Fox Sports Australia this week, Williams said his comment was a mistake.

"Firstly, when you're a caddie, that never happens," he said. "Of course, I was unbelievably excited. I'd been through a pretty emotional period, and a pretty rough period the preceding 12 or so months with the fallout from Tiger. You never expect someone to put a microphone in your face when you walk off the 18th green as a caddie. That's never, ever happened before, and obviously I was pretty emotional at the time.

"Some things you regret," Williams said. "That would be one of them."

The comments were stunning by numbers alone. Williams had been on Woods' bag for 72 wins worldwide, including 13 majors and 16 World Golf Championships. And they showed the deep resentment he felt toward Woods.

The interview did even more damage later in the year.

It was so memorable that European Tour caddies jokingly gave Williams the "Celebration of the Year" award during an annual roast for caddies in Shanghai. Upon accepting the award, Williams used a racial slur about Woods in talking about the interview.

That led to headlines over the next two days, and Williams apologized to Woods when he saw him the following week in Australia.

Also in the interview, Williams said the "hatchet hasn't been buried" with the world's No. 1 player.

"It's just personal things and a difference of opinions on how things went down ... and I need to sort that out with him," Williams said.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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