Tiger Woods may be a dark, mysterious professional athlete who was once as dominant as Michael Jordan was in the NBA, but he’s not unbreakable. First of all, he was revealed in that bizarre Thanksgiving incident in 2009, which resulted in his divorce with then-wife Elin Nordegren. Then he parted ways with longtime caddie Steve Williams, with whom he won 13 of his 14 major championships. After two years of sourness and cowardly shots at each other through the media, the two appeared to reconcile at the 2013 British Open, which raises the question: Could they work together again one day?
Nothing has been confirmed about the substance of the conversation, handshake and back slap that took place between Woods and Williams after the conclusion of the British Open, but it sure looked heartfelt. Woods played the fourth and final round of the Open with Adam Scott, for whom Williams now caddies and won the Masters earlier this year. ESPN reported that Woods’ current caddie, Joe LaCava, said he thought Williams “made an effort” at reconciliation after LaCava overheard the first conversation between Woods and Williams on the eighth fairway.
Then came the longer-than-usual, seemingly-sincere goodbye after the end of the round.
Obviously Williams is doing well with Scott, who has emerged as one of the world’s best golfers, but he’s nowhere near the high he once enjoyed while chasing history with Tiger and it’s safe to say no one would argue that. Likewise, Woods hasn’t won a major since 2008 with Williams by his side, so the longing for a stroll down memory line combined with a revamped run at glory has to be mutual. That’s simply human nature.
You can say you heard it here first: Woods and Williams will be back together before the 2015 season. That’s my prediction and if Vegas opens odds on that, I’ll put down a few bucks. You’d be wise to do the same.