CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colorado (Sept. 4, 2014) – The Western Golf Association inducted famed PGA TOUR caddie Steve Williams into the Caddie Hall of Fame on Wednesday for his contribution in promoting caddies and their role in the game of golf.
Williams was presented a bronze caddie statue by NBC and Golf Channel anchor and reporter Steve Sands at the awards dinner following the Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am at Cherry Hills Country Club, site of this week’s BMW Championship.
“I want to thank the Western Golf Association for inducting me into the Caddie Hall of Fame,” Williams said. “I very much appreciate this honor.”
WGA President & CEO John Kaczkowski said Williams’ successful career embodies the caddie values of hard work, dedication and teamwork.
“For more than 15 years, no one has been more synonymous with caddying than Steve Williams,” said WGA President & CEO John Kaczkowski. “In addition to caddying for major champions Tiger Woods and Adam Scott, Steve has elevated the profile of caddies worldwide and inspired countless young people to want to be caddies.”
The WGA oversees the Caddie Hall of Fame, which highlights the rich tradition and importance of caddying through recognizing individuals who have played a prominent role in the promotion of caddies as an integral part of the game of golf. Past honorees include Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.
Those who have been inducted are either caddie administrators or advocates, individuals who became prominent caddies, or prominent individuals who have used their caddie experiences as a stepping stone for future success.
Williams began caddying as a boy at his home club in New Zealand. From the age of 10, he spent nearly every weekend caddying.
His first professional caddying job was as caddie for Australian great Peter Thomson when Steve was just 13 years old. He later caddied for Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd before joining Tiger Woods in 1999.
With Williams on the bag, Woods won 13 major championships. He now caddies for Adam Scott, who won the 2013 Masters with Williams as his caddie.
“Steve has been on the bag for more major championship wins than any other caddie,” said Golf Channel analyst Steve Sands. “Steve’s work embodies the caddie values of hard work, dedication and teamwork. There is no caddie more deserving of this honor.”