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What a great call by CBS to stick a microphone in front of Stevie Williams after his big win yesterday. Let’s skip the subtle (like an anvil landing on Wile E. Coyote) digs at Tiger and get to the good stuff like “I’m a very confident front-runner.” The knee jerk reaction on Twitter to this quote and the overall interview by deep thinkers like Andy Roddick (yes the tennis player) was that Stevie didn’t hit the shots so what in the hell was he talking about? We’ll cut Roddick some slack because when your response to any and all criticism is, “oh yeah, well I’m going home to fool around with Brooklyn Decker,” you can kind of say whatever you want. When you write something as geeky sounding as the Fantasy Golf Report, however, you don’t have that luxury, so let’s dig a little deeper and determine whether Stevie’s self-importance is justified or if he’s just an arrogant blowhard…or both.
We need to start by accepting the premise that a good caddie helps a golfer win. Seems simple enough. Anyone who has played with a good caddie and a bad caddie knows the value of the difference and it’s as much about confidence as anything. The last thing you want to hear from your caddie on the first green is “I think it breaks left.” Stevie Williams lacks a lot of things (tact, modesty, an appreciation for the art of photography) but confidence is not one of them. The fact that some of his confidence seeped into Tiger’s game is indisputable. Case in point – there is no way Tiger would have had the confidence to invite a Perkins waitress back to his Escalade if Fluff was still his caddie. That’s a 3-wood from 265 over water to a front pin. (Unfortunately, Tiger caught it a little thin).
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Are you sure Christophe?"
Let’s be very conservative with the answer and see where it gets us. The winner of a golf tournament usually hits about 280 shots in four rounds. Take out 14 shots per round for drivers off the tee and another 14 per round for tap-in putts and that leaves about 168 shots in a tournament where a caddie is likely offering some advice. Now let’s say that out of those 168 shots, the caddie’s advice or the confidence he instills in his player that he’s hitting the right shot saves one stroke. That’s reasonable right? By making that assumption, all we’re saying is that a good caddie improves his player’s score for the tournament by 0.6%. If you had a caddie next to you all day offering good advice like “you need to use a semicolon there” and “your boss just left for the day, let’s get out of here,” you’d be at least 0.6% better at your job. Kind of like when Kramer had Stan the caddy advising him on his lawsuit against Sue Ellen Mischke. Wait, that’s a bad example. Let’s move on.
|"I'm Bob May. I beat Tiger in |
the PGA Championship.
Really... can you check
the guest list again?"