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  • Scott parts way with Williams after three years

  • Adam Scott hired Steve Williams in the summer of 2011 and went on to win his first major. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) Adam Scott hired Steve Williams in the summer of 2011 and went on to win his first major. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

 

Adam Scott and caddie Steve Williams announced Wednesday that they have parted ways.

Williams, 50, had worked for Scott since the summer of 2011 but said at the start of the year that he hoped to cut back his caddying duties to spend more time with family in New Zealand.

"Our priorities and stages of life are different now, and so we decided that this is the best time to end our partnership," Scott said in a statement.  

With Williams on his bag, Scott won four times on the PGA TOUR, including the 2013 Masters for his first career major. He also reached No. 1 in the world for the first time earlier this year.

"Steve has been an integral part of my team in a period where I have fulfilled some of my lifetime golfing goals," Scott said. "His dedication and professionalism have been without question, and his friendship is highly valued."

Williams, who has caddied for Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd and was on the bag for 13 of Woods' 14 career majors, said earlier this season however that he planned to go part-time after 2014 -- somethin that didn't sound appealing to Scott when asked about it a few weeks ago.

"After discussing this in detail with Adam it became evident that my plan was not going to fit with Adam's requirements and so we decided to end our partnership," Williams said in a statement. "Having caddied for the first Australian to win the Masters is a career highlight and a memory I will cherish forever. If the right opportunity arose I would consider caddying on a part-time basis in the future."

As for Scott, he has yet to name a replacement and won't play again until next month's Japan Open. He is expected to hire a caddie for events in Asia and Australia before making a decision on a full-time replacement for next season.

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