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Caddie to protect Woods from hecklers on return

india Updated: Feb 21, 2010 12:42 IST

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Tiger Woods's long-time caddie Steve Williams said he won't tolerate any heckling from the public galleries when the world number one makes his eventual return to golf, reports said today.

Woods apologised on Friday for his "irresponsible and selfish behaviour" as the golf superstar broke his long
silence on the sex scandal that engulfed him last year.

He admitted to a string of infidelities and confirmed he had been undergoing treatment in a rehabilitation centre, but
did not confirm when he would return to golf, saying only that it would be "one day," possibly this year.

New Zealander Williams, 46, who has been carrying Woods's golf bag in tournaments since 1999, has a gruff reputation for not tolerating heckling or loutish behaviour in the public galleries when Woods is in action.

With Woods expected to come under further scrutiny on his return to the golf course, Williams said he would ensure that his boss had a "level playing field.".

"When I go back to work with Tiger Woods nothing will change," Williams told The Sun-Herald. "My job is to give him
the best information I can and get him around in the fewest possible strokes."