The first day of golf's President's Cup will start with a bang. Tiger Woods faces off against his former caddie Steve Williams and Aussie Adam Scott in a foursome match Thursday in Australia.
Woods and Steve Williams, who he fired as his caddie earlier in the year, did not exactly have an amicable split. Williams has chided Woods in public and called his win on Adam Scott's bag the best of his career a few months back. Last month at a caddies' event, Williams said he wanted to win with Scott to shove it up Woods' "black a___." Don't count on Tiger forgetting that, even if he has been relatively silent on the matter.
And while Tiger Woods has not shot back at his former friend, caddy and groomsman, this golf match is going to have them walking the course together for the first time in a long while. United States President's Cup captain Fred Couples had the choice of selecting Woods and partner Steve Stricker to go against another International team duo, but decided to get the anticipation of a reunion out of the way in a hurry. Adam Scott will play with K.J. Choi.
As a sports and golf fan, this is great entertainment. Steve Williams hasn't been able to keep his big mouth shut in disparaging comments against Woods since he was fired. Ironic, since no one in the world would know who the caddy is if he didn't carry Woods' bag for 13 major championships.
But on a practical side, it is surprising to add fuel to this fire of a rivalry. Fred Couples could just as easily avoided this confrontation all week if he wanted. But he had the choice and decided to match them up, knowing the attention it would garner. A win would be huge for Tiger Woods' confidence and the United States chances of gaining the elusive 17 1/2 points to win the Cup. Woods and Stricker are 6-1 playing together in the last Ryder Cup and President's Cup.
But, imagine if Adam Scott and Steve Williams beat Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker. Who knows what the outlandish caddy would regurgitate after that victory? Not to mention it could hurt the United States in its attempt to win the President's Cup. More focus will be on the Woods-Williams rivalry than how the golfers actually perform on the course. And remember, this is an elite event with a lot of the best golfers in the world competing.