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Baggin' it

Look, I don't know why Tiger Woods fired his longtime caddie Steve Williams. If you came here looking for answers, I don't have any.

(You: "I didn't come here looking for answers. I came here by mistake while looking for publicity stills of Mila Kunis in 'Friends With Benefits.' Can I leave now?").

What I will say is that since Tiger changed everything else in his life, or had it changed for him -- his marital status, his swing, his swing coach, maybe even his cable provider -- maybe firing Steve Williams is just part of a phase. Or maybe, as some say, he's ticked that Williams was on Adam Scott's bag at the U.S. and British Opens, even though Tiger gave Williams the OK to do so.

In any case, Williams is right when he says he's stuck by Tiger through some hard times the last two years, and for that, Tiger rewarded him by demonstrably cutting him out of the loop over the last year or so. So when lint brains like ESPN radio twit Colin Cowherd get all outraged at Williams reportedly saying Woods needed to "win back my respect" so an extent, he's way off base.

Williams has every right to feel that way, given the closeness of their relationship. And I don't care if Tiger was paying him the GNP of Switzerland to caddy for him. He's earned it. And he's earned an explanation, too, that doesn't seem to be forthcoming.

That is all.

Ben Smith's blog.

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