Steve Williams Relives Hilarious Story Involving Tiger And A Nine-Iron

Speaking on the Chasing Majors podcast, Steve Williams revealed a hilarious story about Tiger's 9 iron and a rather large lake

Woods at K Club
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Tiger Woods is arguably the greatest golfer of all time. Not only does he have 15 Major titles under his belt, but he also has a share of the record of the most PGA Tour titles in history, with 82.

However, although Tiger is one of the best players of all time, his Ryder Cup record isn't the best, with the American producing 13 wins, 21 losses and 3 halves in 37 matches which, in my opinion, isn't great for a man of his talent.

In this piece, we head to one of those Ryder Cups and, rather ironically, one of the tournaments where Tiger finished with a positive record of 3 wins and 2 losses. The Ryder Cup in question is the 36th edition, which happened to be at the K Club, in 2006.

Although the American team got beaten convincingly, 18.5 - 9.5 to be exact, Tiger was one of the highest scorers of the week and endured a rather humorous moment during the three-day event when, his then caddie, Steve Williams, dropped his 9 iron into the water on the par 3.

Woods and Williams

Williams carried Tiger's bag for over a dozen years and helped claim 63 PGA Tour wins and 13 major championship titles in that time

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Appearing on the 'Chasing Majors' podcast alongside Evin Priest, Williams shared the hilarious story at the K Club: “It was a Par 3, a green that has all water to the front of it and to the right of it," explained the New Zealander.

"I’m leaning on Tiger’s club, he’s up there putting, and I’m leaning on this club, and I slip, and I’ve either got to let me go in the water or the club, so I let the club go." What followed next was a case of sod's law, with Tiger being left a 9-iron yardage at the very next hole!

“We go to the next hole, I believe he was playing with Jim Furyk. Tiger’s going to hit his second shot, and it’s the bloody 9-iron,” Williams recalled. “I’m thinking, ‘I just can’t give him the yardage for an 8 or a wedge; it’s a 9, I can’t deviate this one.’

“[Woods] goes to pull the 9-iron out, and he says ‘Where’s the 9-iron?’ and I said ‘You know that lake back there...?’” Finding out that he now had 13 clubs, Tiger handled the situation well. When we say well, we mean, humorously, simply saying “you f*****g clown... only you.”

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x