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Tiger Woods Fires Long-Time Caddie

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How do you reward the guy who stood by you for 12 years and had your back when you succeeded and when you failed?

Well, if you're Tiger Woods, you fire him.

Tiger parted ways with his long-time caddie Steve Williams on Wednesday, writing on his website:

"I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it’s time for a change. Stevie is an outstanding caddie and a friend and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments. I wish him great success in the future."

Steve was Tiger's caddie since March 1999 and was by his side during his record 13 majors.

The news came as a shock to him, although he did write this on his own website:

"Needless to say this came as a shock. Given the circumstances of the past 18 months working through Tiger's scandal, a new coach and with it a major swing change and Tiger battling through injuries, I am very disappointed to end our very successful partnership at this time."

Ouch. It certainly does sound like there's some tension there. Not sure if that's the best way to treat the one person who's had your back, Tiger.

[Image via AP Images.]

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