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Caddie apologises for Wood slur

BACK IN THE DAY: Steve Williams when in the employ of Tiger Woods

IN THE latest racism in sport row, Tiger Woods’ former caddie has apologised to his ex-boss for comments which he admitted could be "construed as racist".

Steve Williams, sacked by Woods in July, was speaking at an awards dinner in China. Williams was given an award for the year’s best celebration - a reference to his tongue-in-cheek claim that his current employer Adam Scott’s victory at the Bridgestone Invitational in August was "the best win of my career."

Asked what the celebration was all about, the 47-year-old New Zealander said: "It was my aim to shove it right up that black a**ehole."

He has now apologised suggesting that he can now understand how his comments could have been misconstrued by some.

Williams said: "I now realise how my comments could be construed as racist. That was not my intent. I apologise to Tiger and anyone else I have offended."
The Australian pointed out that the comments were made at a private party and were not meant to leave the room.

Williams caddied for Woods from 1999 until earlier this year and shared in 13 of the former world number one's 14 major victories. It is estimated he earned £7.5m working for Woods.

Woods's manager Mark Steinberg said: "It's a regrettable comment and there is nothing that Tiger can do or say."

Steinberg, who is with Woods in Australia as the former world number one prepares for the Presidents' Cup later this month, added: "We got multiple calls from people who sounded like they were leaving the caddie party.

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