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Report: Steve Williams ends retirement and will caddie this month

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According to Evin Priest of Golf Digest, Steve Williams will be returning to caddie duties this month.

Per the report, Williams will be on the bag for Adam Scott at the upcoming Australian PGA Championship, being played at Royal Queensland in Brisbane, and the Australian Open at Kingston Heath and Victoria G.C. on the Melbourne Sandbelt.

The New Zealander was on Adam Scott’s bag for his historic 2013 Masters Championship victory, and the duo will also look to make one more run at a major next season as Williams will likely loop for the Aussie at the majors, per the report.

Williams is best known for his work as Tiger Woods’ caddie from 1999-2011 but it was widely reported that he was was let go by Woods after he caddied for Scott while Tiger was recovering from an injury.

While speaking to Golf Digest, Scott outlined his excitement that Williams would be returning to his bag, with his usual caddie Greg Hearmon continuing to work with him as well.

“For me it’s exciting to work again with Steve and see if we can rediscover the magic. As a player, you experience different points in your career. Right now, on the PGA Tour is a time of change, and I’m adjusting to it. Having Steve and Greg doing a job share is going to help me get everything I need and that’s to be fresh at the biggest events.”

Scott and Williams stopped working together in 2017, and since then Scott has been a bit less competitive in majors as he was prior to the split.

“My goal is to win majors; I had a good run with Steve in the majors and we did win the Masters, but it’s about getting an overall balance for what I need to perform in the biggest events,” Scott said. “Steve is at a point in his life where he’d like to have a dabble again, so to speak. It’s a good balance for him because it won’t be a full year’s grind.”

Williams is looking forward to getting to work as well, saying he’s going to bring “a lot of enthusiasm”.

“The time I spent caddying for Adam was very memorable; helping him becoming the first Australian to win at Augusta,” Williams said. “I feel Adam is in a good shape with his game, and I’m fresh having not caddied for a few years, so I’ll bring a lot of enthusiasm.”

“I’ve always said to Adam and to others, to be remembered as one of the great players, you have to win multiple majors. The opportunity to try and get Adam major No. 2 and elevate himself to a special group of players in history, would be a privilege.”

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Nick Faldo makes bold Tiger call and aims cheeky dig at Rickie Fowler during ESPN appearance

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Back in 2021, golf legend Nick Faldo took a shot at Rickie Fowler. After missing the cut of the 2021 Masters, Faldo said that Fowler now would have the time to “film another six commercials”.

The 65-year-old, who recently retired from the broadcasting booth, apologized for the comments soon after. However, he’s once again made another public remark at Fowler’s expense.

While making an appearance at ESPN’s College Game Day, Faldo was (for lack of a better term) projecting the Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State game when he made some quips about Rickie’s signature orange outfits.

“Oklahoma State’s all about Rickie Fowler. It’s too much orange, Rickie. You’ve gotta ditch the orange. You’ve gotta come out with some new outfits for next year, orange is so last summer, isn’t it? I’m going with Oklahoma.”

Faldo actually made another predication, and one that he is a bit more qualified to make. Sir Nick said that he expects Tiger Woods and his son Charlie to win next month’s PNC Championship.

Last year, the Woods’ finished in second place behind John Daly and his son John Daly II. Tiger and Charlie have yet to commit to the field, but it’s widely expected that they will do so in the coming weeks.

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Cam Smith falls just short in bid to break Guinness World Record

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Cameron Smith has become a global superstar in the game of golf.

Despite receiving criticism for taking a deal worth a reported $140 million to join LIV Golf, his victory at the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews won’t be soon forgotten.

In addition to the Open Championship victory where he chased down European hero, Rory McIlroy, Smith won the 2022 PLAYERS Championship as well the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Smith’s impressive list of achievements combined with his signature mullet has made him a popular player all over the world, but his star will always shine brightest in his native country of Australia. It was back in his home of Queensland where Smith and his coach, Grant Field recently attempted to break the Guinness World Record title for the Largest Golf Lesson.

They needed more than 1,073 people at the lesson to break the record that was set in Mexico in 2011 but unfortunately the attempt fell just short.

The 29-year-old is set to tee it up for the Australian PGA Championship on Thursday and is looking to become the youngest player to win the championship three times.

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Major sponsor tears into LPGA leadership over dinner fiasco

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Having had a record-breaking year for prize money, the 2023 LPGA schedule sees the threshold broken yet again, with players competing for the best part of $100 million.

With each tournament carrying a minimum purse of $1.5 million, and the five majors accounting for almost $38 million, the tour seems in as good a place as it has ever been.

It may well be that, similar to the PGA Tour, the hefty rise in prize-money results from the unquestionable threat of the LIV Tour and the temptation of the lucrative funds available, even to those well-beaten week-to-week.

Whatever the cause, LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan enthusiastically announced the news earlier this week:

“Our athletes are playing for more total prize money than any time in history, and we have over 500 hours of broadcast television. All those things combine to make the LPGA the leading women’s professional sports property in the world.”

She continued, “The LPGA Tour has never had better or more committed partners who see the commercial value in investing in women’s sports and who understand how their partnerships elevate women and girls on and off the golf course.”

That partnership must be a two-way streak, though, and Samaan is being called to task almost immediately, on this occasion by one of the LPGA’s most trusted sponsor – the CME Group – funder of this week’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship and the season-long Race to CME Globe.

Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols filed a report on Saturday, clearly stating that CME chief, Terry Duffy, was unhappy with the way the tour conducted itself at the pre-championship dinner.

CME are the largest backer of events on the LPGA and the flamboyant dinner should have been a chance for politicians and business moguls to honor the select number of players invited to the shindig.

However, according to Nichols, “when Duffy asked for the houselights to be turned on so that he could applaud the players in the room, the only people standing were those serving the tables.”

“Not a single player showed up,” she confirmed.

Having invested heavily into the tour for 11 years, Duffy rightly felt this was a snub.

“It’s an embarrassment to a company of my size and an embarrassment to me personally.”

And he feels Samaan has a lot to answer for, just hours after announcing the lucrative schedule.

“I am exceptionally disappointed with the leadership of the LPGA. They better get their act together because they’re going to lose people like me over stuff like this.”

When asked by Golfweek to respond to the accusation, Samaan replied,

“There hasn’t been any greater supporter of the LPGA than CME Group and Terry Duffy”

“There was clearly a disconnect,” she continued. “And it’s my responsibility to make sure that this doesn’t happen. So on this particular issue, I’m taking full responsibility as a leader of the organization to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

Despite being the major part of the 2023 fund, Duffy is not pretending the money comes easy.

“I’m concerned about the future of the tour,” he said, “because the leadership needs to work with their players to make sure that everybody has a clear understanding of how we grow the game together, along with sponsors and others. There’s no one person, no two people who can grow it alone.”

“You need everybody. They say it takes a village, and I think their village is getting a little fractured.” 

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