When did the Caddy become the star?

The question came from a simple tweet from one of our readers in reference to the blast of articles from golf publications that highlighted professional caddy Steve Williams.

The first set of articles began to circulate in the New York times when Williams announced he was only going to caddy part time.

“I’m definitely not going to caddie full time. I’ve 100 percent made my mind up on that. At some point in time, there are more important things. Our priorities and stages of life are different now, and so we decided this is the best time to end our partnership, If Adam agrees, and we’ve talked about it, I’ll caddie for him from Doral to the Tour Championship in 2015 and then that’s it.”

This started a barrage of online commentary about how Steve has become too big for the role.  How does a caddy only work part time and more importantly how is it worthy of golf headlines like ours?  He does have a way of inserting himself into the conversation either through a slurry of off course comments or through golf reporters going right for him for what they know will make a great sound bite.

Williams is already in the caddy hall of fame and has the most impressive resume of any caddy, ever.  This fact gives him a star like swagger in which he brings to the course.  When inducted to the hall of fame, Steve Sands introduced him as “Stevie.”  His response was

“Stevie’s what Tiger used to call me, so that’s what everybody calls me. I hate that name.”

Perhaps its confidence in his own skin but a lot of people perceive  this as a cocky attitude.  There is just something about Steve “don’t call me Stevie” Williams and the way he inserts himself into the spotlight.

In 2008 he made the following comments about Phil Mickelson.

“I wouldn’t call Mickelson a great player, ’cause I hate the prick.  I don’t particularly like the guy. He pays me no respect at all and hence I don’t pay him any respect. It’s no secret we don’t get along either.”

In 2011 after a boisterous win with Adam Scott, he made the following comments about Tiger

“It was my aim to shove it right up that black arsehole”

Yet still, he hangs around with relevance to the golfing media.  Maybe they are all just waiting for the next racist, sexist or arrogant sound bite to come from him.

Like it or hate it, the pro golf caddy has become a star in its own right.  What used to be the equivalent as the jack man  of a race car pit team has now become the one front and center when a player wins.  When a golfer wins, and the caddy is a common name the order of the microphone goes Winner, Caddy, Second place golfer.