Woods parts ways with longtime caddie

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Tiger Woods has parted company  with longtime caddie Steve Williams and has not decided on a  replacement while he works towards returning to competition from  leg injuries.

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all  his help, but I think it’s time for a change,” Woods said in a  statement posted on his website (www.tigerwoods.com).

“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.”

Williams had been a regular caddie for the former world  number one since 1999.

Following last year’s U.S. Open, Woods told reporters there  was no tension between him and Williams, despite having made  comments that were widely interpreted as critical.
After the final round at Pebble Beach, Woods had said he had  made three mental mistakes and gone against his instincts.

Woods, a 14-times major winner, hurt his knee and Achilles  tendon during the U.S. Masters in April and has not played since  he pulled out of the Players Championship in May after playing  just nine holes.

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