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Phil Fires Back: "After seeing Steve Williams' comments all I could think of was how lucky I am to have a class act like Bones on my bag" **

Tiger's caddie fabricates a tale and refers to Phil Mickelson as a "prick," then offers a new version that also proved to be untrue while sticking to his classy characterization of Mickelson.

So Sunday, the target of Steve Williams issued a statement. And curiously, as of 11:32 EST Sunday night, The Guardian's Lawrence Donegan is the only one to report it:

The sedate world of professional golf is unused to such unvarnished opinions being thrown around in public and Mickelson made his unhappiness clear. "After seeing Steve Williams' comments all I could think of was how lucky I am to have a class act like Bones (his caddie, Jim Mackay) on my bag and representing me," the American left-hander said.

Mickelson also said a "joke" told by Williams in which the player was heckled by a fan over his weight during this year's US Open at Torrey Pines was "a total fabrication". "It is based on an incident on the 17th hole during a practice round of the US Open at Bethpage in 2002 that involved a European Tour player. The story has been retold often but Woods and Williams were not present at that incident," he said.

Obviously I'm entertained by the drama at play here and how it'll impact future Tiger-Phil pairings, but I'm also fascinated by the media reaction.

If Tiger Woods passes gas, the media grills him about the odor and his emotions before-during-after the passage. Follow ups will probe how hard the eruption made Stevie laugh and finally, if Elin had any thoughts on the matter.

Yet Tiger's ticking time bomb caddie, who works for someone with a no tolerance policy on questionable behavior from the people he surrounds himself with, fabricates a story and puts down the world's No. 3 player in demeaning fashion. But only one paper and no major golf website is picking up Mickelson's statement, with minimal or zero coverage of the overall controversy.

So is this because it's a silly season weekend when already slim coverage becomes less of a priority or this dereliction of duty driven by a fear of upsetting Team Tiger?

Or ominously for us readers, a combo platter deal?


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Word will get out believe me. this is like the John Edwards story. It is too big to ignore. By the time Tiger's tourney kicks off it will get plenty of play. Williams is clearly going to have to apologize.
12.14.2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike C.
Why have the initial comments of Williams not been on Are they exclusively pro-Tiger content.
12.14.2008 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
Yeah the media is scared senseless and with good reason. You get more transparency in China and Russia, huh?
12.15.2008 | Unregistered CommenterWinston
Tiger Woods’ ticking bomb of a caddy Steve Williams is totally out of order with regards to his unwarranted and unclassy remarks made about world number three Phil Mickelson and an apology is in order.

In fact, if the comments attributed to Steve Williams are untrue, Phil Mickelson should sue his ass off or as a minimum Tiger Woods should consider sacking him!

Who does Steve Williams think he is? If he thinks he is comedian like his namesake Robin Williams, he should stick to his day time job as the gentlemanly world of golf does not find his latest outbursts in very good taste.

I fully support your position which will appear on the home page searches of "golf news" and hopefully encourage more of an outcry on this "sshhhhhhhh" subject matter.
12.15.2008 | Unregistered CommentergolfbloggerUK
Maybe it's because there is no more golf media.
12.15.2008 | Unregistered CommenterFWIW
Paging Byron Bell..... Please pick up the white courtesy phone. A Mr. T. Woods is on the line with a job offer.....
12.15.2008 | Unregistered CommenterHuh
Maybe it hasn't gotten as much play yet because traditional news organizations like to actually know something before reporting it, instead of passing along what they've read elsewhere.

Oh, wait. You were talking about Never mind.

Mickelson's formal statement makes it a legitimate story and should open things up (or would, if there were any golf writers left).
12.15.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjneu
The three worst people in the world: 1. Jose Reyes, 2. Osama bin Laden, 3. Steve Williams. I really hope he gets canned and Tiger's new caddy keeps his bib on until the round is complete.
12.15.2008 | Unregistered CommenterChema
Don't worry, guys, it will be picked up big-time in the month leading up to Augusta. The muteness is due to Tiger not playing.
12.15.2008 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Maybe it's because there are more pressing things in the world happening. You know, little things like global recession and war. I'm the biggest golf fan there is but keeping my job and putting food on the table currently out ranks a Lefty/Stevie tiff.
12.15.2008 | Unregistered Commenterpc
Do you really think that that is the reason pc? The NFL still seems to be getting decent coverage, and there was some sort of golf on my TV this weekend.
12.15.2008 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
Golf Central on the Golf Channel put out Lefty's quote last night.

I agree with Lefty now responding it has become a story.
Williams must now apologize, or it will carry on and come up again in Augusta.
12.15.2008 | Unregistered CommenterLynn S.
Nobody messes with Tiger Woods in the media. Or his heirs, assigns, cohorts, concubines, or co-conspirators.

Steve Williams has said and done more to warrant the "Prick" designation than Phil ever has ever done, I think.
12.15.2008 | Unregistered Commenter86general
Phil is a prick and acts like he isn't. A big fake with big tits. That makes him worse than Williams, who is never fake.
12.15.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAl
Story - Williams' comment plus Phil's response, are now on Yahoo.
12.15.2008 | Unregistered CommenterKevin
Kevin beat me to the punch.
12.15.2008 | Unregistered CommenterJordan
Logging in that I am not the Al posting above.

I dont know Phil and have no reason to call him a prick.

From what I have read and seen about Stevie W, I dont like him one bit.
I don't know Phil. I know the stories about him, and if they're true, and I met him, I probably wouldn't like him either. Probably...

I don't know Steve Williams either, but I know enough from what I've SEEN him do, on camera, heard him say, on camera, and from his quoted statements, to know he's a jerk.

By contrast, I've seen nothing I can remember of Phil Mickelson - actions, words, whatever - that prove he's a jerk. Some people think he's a jerk. Others don't. Whatever.
12.15.2008 | Unregistered Commenter86general
Article on
12.15.2008 | Unregistered CommenterHuh
I guess it is a sign of the times that folks like us - regulars at this site are presumably serious golf fans - can spend time on something like this. It is a shame. . . The country is in serious financial straits and the Media spends days talking about whether Blago talked to Obama (or Rahm) even though there is no evidence of it. . .

A prediction . . . Williams will sincerely apologize and Phil will accept it. . . If not, Tiger will announce he and Steve have parted ways because Steve wanted to spend more time with his racing endeavors.
12.15.2008 | Unregistered CommenterWisconsin Reader
It's a shame this had to happen in the midst of auto bail-out and shoe-dodging.
12.15.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Blabbie
I think SW is a total idiot for making a comment like that to someone likely to repeat it- seems like the ultimate "bulletin board material" for Phil. On the other hand, and hey I am a Phil fan, folks who know him tell me is a phony.
12.15.2008 | Unregistered Commenteronly me
Chema, what have you giot against Jose Reyes?
12.15.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjneu
Only Me - If Phil needs "bulletin board material" after being trounced by Tiger all these years than Phil is beyond help.

While I was never a fan of Phil after seeing him dress down a few volunteers a few years back at Firestone during a WGC event I lost respect for him. Phil plays the media game very well for his public persona.
12.17.2008 | Unregistered CommenterHuh
Phil is mean.
12.17.2008 | Unregistered CommenterWb
New Zealanders and Australians are the spawn of the British criminal class, so it's not at all surprising that a mouth-breathing, dimwitted goofball like Williams would make such remarks.
04.12.2009 | Unregistered CommenterWoody Focker
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03.27.2010 | Unregistered Commenterpeectspoop
I love golfing its one of my passions.
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