Scott talked with caddie about Firestone brouhaha

Scott talked with caddie about Firestone brouhaha

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Adam Scott, of Australia, talks to caddie Steve Williams, left, on the 15th hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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by PAUL NEWBERRY

Associated Press

Posted on August 9, 2011 at 2:46 PM

JOHNS CREEK, Georgia (AP) -- Adam Scott talked with Steve Williams about the caddie's comments last weekend at Firestone, and both are ready "let our clubs do the talking" at the PGA Championship.
   
Coming off a win against an elite field at the World Golf Championship, Scott is one of the favorites in the final major of the year at Atlanta Athletic Club.
   
But the very first question the Aussie was asked Tuesday -- and several more -- related to whether Williams stole the attention that should have gone to Scott by lashing out at former boss Tiger Woods as soon as they came off the 18th green in Akron.
   
"I kind of think it's been blown out of proportion," Scott said. "I guess it's newsworthy stuff. I don't know. Steve was obviously delighted to win, as was I. And, you know, he was speaking with a bit of emotion probably."
   
No probably about it. Williams gave an interview that was nearly twice as long as Scott's, calling it "the best win I've ever had" -- quite a pronouncement, given he was on the bag for 13 of Woods' major titles before getting fired this summer.
   
Williams also made it clear that he felt Woods had treated him unfairly, saying he stuck by his former boss even through all his personal turmoil and health problems.
   
"Look, we've had a chat about the whole thing," said Scott, whose laid-back personality is a striking contrast to Williams' emotional demeanor. "I just took what he said as confidence in me. If he really feel that was one of his great wins, I'm kind of flattered and it fills me with confidence. I think that's what his intention is, to be honest."
   
Reached on his cell phone, Williams told The Associated Press he was caught off guard when the media came up to interview him after Scott's win.
   
"It's very unusual for TV to put a microphone in front of a caddie's face," he said. "There was a lot of emotion and anger that came out. It wasn't meant to offend anyone."
   
Some players have criticized Williams for the way he handled the interview, saying he should have kept the attention on Scott after he pulled away for an impressive four-stroke win.
   
Woods also played at Firestone, coming back from a three-month layoff to recover from a leg injury, but he finished 18 shots behind the winner. That only added to Williams' glee.
   
"I understand where players are coming from, but I'm a little upset by what some of them said because they have no idea what I've been through," Williams said. "But I didn't mean to cause anyone harm. There was just a lot of emotion."
   
Scott is ready to look forward.
   
"It all got a little out of hand," he said. "We'll just go on from there. And hopefully, we'll let our clubs do the talking for the rest of this week."
   
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AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson contributed to this report.

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