Caddy Williams not a racist, says Norman
Reuters US Online Report Sports News
Nov 07, 2011 03:22 EST
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Greg Norman says his former caddy Steve Williams is not a racist and that Adam Scott was right not to fire him for a remark he made about Tiger Woods in Shanghai last week.
Williams made a derogatory and racist comment about his former employer Woods at the annual Caddy Awards dinner in China on Friday after receiving the prize for the season’s best celebration after Scott’s Bridgestone Invitational win.
Before helping Woods win 13 major titles, the New Zealander had worked with Norman for seven years, and the Australian said he thought his former caddy had mistakenly thought he was in an “restricted environment” when he made the remark.
“Steve’s not a racist, not at all,” the 56-year-old former world number one told a news conference ahead of the Australian Open on Monday.
“We’ve all made stupid comments at stupid times, unfortunately his stupid comment became global news and I know he probably regrets it.
“But I guarantee you in that room, that night, there were some heavier things said.
“Because of the temperature of what was going on between the two of them, anything that was said was going to exacerbate that feeling. I hope it gets resolved. Golf doesn’t need it, golf needs Tiger back playing great golf the way he used to.
“Golf needs the cohesiveness that’s always existed. There’s always been underlying currents, not everybody loves each other, and if we dislike each other, we just have a tendency of parting our ways and not seeing each other.
“To have it played out the way it has been sad for the game of