• "It was the most excited I’d ever been on a golf course," he said
• The Kiwi will be caddying for Adam Scott at Augusta this week
STEVE WILLIAMS | TIGER WOODS
Steve Williams has recalled the moment Tiger Woods sunk that incredible chip shoton the 16th hole at the 2005 Masters – saying it was the ‘most excited’ he’d ever been on the golf course.
The caddie, who will be on the bag for Adam Scott at Augusta National this week, revealed all in his controversial book, Out of the Rough, which describes the feeling of Woods sinking that shot from a position he had absolutely no clue about.
“As the ball left Tiger Woods’ club on the 16th hole, my head was spinning with possibilities – centred mostly on the fact Tiger was going to cough up the Masters to Chris DiMarco and his major drought would extend to 11 on the trot,” said Williams.
“It was embarrassing to say I didn’t know the lie of the land in the area his ball had headed to… you simply didn’t expect any player to be over there.”
With Williams expecting Tiger to make bogey which would’ve placed him back into a tie with DiMarco or even one shot behind, what happened next was probably one of the most viewed shots in golfing history.
The Kiwi recalls his conversation with Tiger: “’Stevie, see that pitch mark’, he said pointing to a faint discolouration where a ball mark had been repaired. ‘If I land the ball on that pitch mark do you think it will roll back down and end up underneath the hole?’
"He landed it right on the target, hitting a coin-sized mark from 45 feet" - Steve Williams
“‘Yep, that looks as good as anything,’ I said. I focused on that pitch mark – he landed it right on the target, hitting a coin-sized mark from 45 feet. It rolled down the hill with good speed. My mind raced along with it, ‘We can make par here, we’re going to be OK’.
“’Wait on, this has got great speed, there’s a chance it will go in… no, it’s stopped right on the edge of the hole. Tap-in par. Wait…’
“The ball sat on the very edge of the hole for what felt like an eternity. It was balanced on the threshold long enough for the crowd to fall momentarily silent – before pandemonium erupted as the ball gently dropped into the hole.
“It was the most excited I’d ever been on a golf course. The only negative was that Tiger and I were so pumped that we made an absolute hash of a high five – we didn’t even connect.”
Of course, Woods finished bogey-bogey to drop into a play-off with DiMarco, but birdied the first play-off hole to grab his ninth major title.
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