For Tour chiefs, Williams' slur-case is closed
Tour chiefs condemned outspoken caddy Steve Williams on Sunday after his racial slur about former boss Tiger Woods but said that they would not be taking further action and the matter was now "closed".other Updated: Nov 07, 2011 00:10 IST
Tour chiefs condemned outspoken caddy Steve Williams on Sunday after his racial slur about former boss Tiger Woods but said that they would not be taking further action and the matter was now "closed".
New Zealander Williams, who was Woods' caddy for 13 of his 14 Major titles before being sacked earlier this year, referred to the former world number one as a "black arsehole" during an awards dinner on Friday night in Shanghai.
His remarks were widely condemned and overshadowed the action at the HSBC Champions in the Chinese city, where Martin Kaymer blitzed the field on Sunday to top the leaderboard and earn a winner's cheque of $1.2-million.
Anti-racism groups have called on Williams, who is now the caddy for rising Australian star Adam Scott, to be censured as the furore threatens to envelope the sport.
Ironically, Scott will partner Woods at the Australian Open in Sydney that starts on Thursday, meaning Williams and his estranged former boss will come face-to-face on the greens.
Reacting to demands Williams be punished for his now-infamous remarks, PGA Tour Commissioner said in a statement, "We are aware that he has apologised fully and we trust we will not hear such remarks ever again. Based on this, we consider the matter closed and we will have no further comment."