'Someone asked me if I would mind having Steve Williams on my bag'
Danielle Kang will have Steve Williams on her bag for the New Zealand Women’s Open after the legendary caddie announced he is parting ways with Adam Scott.
Williams, who won 13 major titles on the bag of Tiger Woods then another with Scott when they captured the 2013 Masters, will be on the bag of American Solheim Cup heroine and major champion Kang.
This is the first time the LPGA Tour has visited New Zealand and Lydia Ko is the star attraction.
“I needed a caddie – a local because my caddie isn’t able to be here,” Kang said. “Someone said would you mind having Steve Williams on your bag. I thought it was a joke at first. Eventually I emailed him, and that was that.
“I had hopes of finding a local caddie, and he’s as local as it gets. I think I did pretty well there.
“He’s a really cool guy, he knows all the numbers, he knows everything. He’s like a walking yardage book. I just look at him and I don’t even need to ask. He just tells me what I’m thinking. It’s fun so far.
“He knows the game, and adapts very quickly to my game and how I am. Ultimately if a caddie can save you a shot they’ve done their job. He will help me decide on certain shots, and that will be the game plan.”
Williams was equally complimentary about his new employer.
“Danielle is a good player and once you start the tournament, you want to win, so nothing will change there,” he said.
“I’ve never caddied at any professional women’s event before so it’ll be a good experience to see if I can learn something from how they do things.”
Williams’ split with Scott is the fourth high-profile player-caddie split of the year so far, with Phil Mickelson and Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay parting company in June, Rory McIlroy and JP Fitzgerald going their separate ways following the Open, and Jason Day relieving Colin Swatton of his duties prior to the BMW Championship.