ORLANDO, Fla. -- After biting his tongue for one day, Tiger Woods' ex-caddie didn't hold back his unhappiness at his dismissal during a TV interview in his native New Zealand.
"You could say I've wasted the last two years of my life," Steve Williams told Television New Zealand. "I've stuck with Tiger and been incredibly loyal. I'm not disappointed I've been fired -- that's part of the job -- but the timing is extraordinary."
Meanwhile, Golfweek reported that an unhappy Woods severed ties when a fill-in arrangement between Williams and Adam Scott went beyond the U.S. Open.
With Woods sidelined to heal an injured left knee and Achilles tendon, he granted Scott's request to let Williams work his bag at Congressional. When Williams showed up again with Scott at the AT&T National, the magazine said, Woods ended their 12-year arrangement amid words such as "disloyal" and "overcaddying."
Williams, 47, now works Scott's bag on a full-time basis, including last week's tie for 25th at the British Open.
The caddie also spoke of loyalty during his TV interview, noting that he had stuck with Woods through last year's sex scandal, a new coach and subsequent swing changes.
"I am extremely disappointed, given that the last 18 months has been a particularly difficult time," said Williams, thought by many to have known of his boss's string of affairs that ranged from club hostesses to porn stars to a pancake house waitress.
The Woods/Williams working arrangement grew into a friendship off the course, and they were in each other's wedding parties. Williams wife, Kirsty, and Woods' ex-wife Elin Nordegren were said to be very close.
"That was the most difficult period that I've ever been through in my life," Williams said on TV. ""I'm pretty hard-headed and took it probably a lot better than my wife and family did, but there's no way that I should have been put through that.
"My name should have been cleared immediately. It wasn't and that's what makes it even more disappointing what's transpired."
According to Golfweek, strain in the Woods/Williams partnership had reached the point where Woods was not letting his caddie in on health updates.
That resulted in a trip to New Zealand cut short when Woods decided to tee it up at The Players Championship -- an appearance that ended after nine holes with more knee trouble. Williams went back to New Zealand, then reportedly already had returned to U.S. shores when he was informed Woods would sit out the U.S. Open.
"Through time I hope (Woods) can gain my respect back," Williams told his TV interviewer. "He definitely needs to earn my respect again, that's for sure."