Mark O'Meara: Tiger Woods will cope

WALTON ON THE HILL, England -- Mark O'Meara said Thursday that Tiger Woods has lost one of the best caddies around in Steve Williams but believes his close friend will cope without him.

O'Meara last communicated with Woods about three or four weeks ago by text and knew of the 14-time major winner's plans to split with Williams after 12 years. O'Meara and Woods have been close friends for more than a decade.

"They had a great run together as a team. Steve Williams is a loyal guy but Tiger is Tiger," O'Meara said, speaking after the first round of the Senior British Open at Walton Heath in south England.

"For a caddie, there's not much better than Steve Williams. But as good as Tiger can play at times, he doesn't need a whole lot of help out there."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.