In his book "Hitting the Zone" Steve Williams, caddy to Tiger Woods, shared his recipe for launching your mind into what Tiger calls The Zone - the state of mind in which you play golf at the outer limits of your physical and mental potential.
In his new book "Out of the Rough" (November 2015) Steve speaks for the first time about his relationship with Tiger Woods.
From the age of ten Steve Williams caddied every weekend at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club near Wellington New Zealand..
His first experience caddying for a professional was for Peter Thomson in 1976 at the New Zealand Open, which was played at Wellington Golf Club. After finishing third in the tournament Peter mentioned he was impressed with the way Steve caddied, especially as he had not caddied at that level before.
Unlike most juniors, and despite having a low handicap himself, Steve preferred to caddy rather than play.
After caddying for Peter Thomson in the New Zealand Open, Steve had no doubt that he wanted to be a golf caddy.He caddied in New Zealand and Australia during the school holidays until he turned fifteen and was old enough to leave school.
As soon as he turned fifteen, he headed to Europe to begin his caddying career. From 1979 to 1988, he caddied on the European Tour, Australasian Tour, Asian Tour and Japanese Tour. During this time Steve caddied for various players including Mike Clayton, Terry Gale and Ian Baker Finch.
In 1982 he met Greg Norman and caddied for him in all his Australian appearances and also some European and Asian events. In 1988 Steve moved to the United States to caddy for Greg on a permanent basis. Midway through 1989 he ceased caddying for Greg and immediately began caddying for Ray Floyd.
This partnership lasted until the end of 1998. At the start of 1999 Tiger Woods called to enquire if Steve was interested in being his caddy. Tiger had discussed who would be the best candidate for the job with various people, including his coach Butch Harmon. Everyone came back to Tiger with a few names on their list. Fortunately all the lists included Steve's name and he took the job. The rest is golfing history!
From 1999 to mid 2011 Steve had one of the best jobs in golf caddying for one of the greatest players of all time. Together Tiger Woods and Steve won 84 tournaments around the world including 13 major championships. Tiger and Steve parted ways mid way through 2011 and Steve immediately joined Adam Scott. Having followed Adam on tour since his pro debut it was a great opportunity to caddy for another Australian hoping to follow in Greg Normans footsteps.
In 2014 Steve decided to retire from carrying the bag to spend more time with his family but not before helping Aussie, Adam Scott win the Masters in 2013 and reach world No. 1 in 2014. “Steve has been incredible for me,” said Scott, “The way I see it, you cannot replace a Steve Williams. I cannot go out and look for the next one, I don’t think that is possible
In 2014 Steve was inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame.
In May 2014 former world number #1 Australian Adam Scott persuaded Steve to come out of retirement to carry his bag in four majors;
June 18-21, 2015 US Open Washington
July 13-19, 2015 British Open Scotland
August 6-9, 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Ohio
August 10-16, 2015 PGA Championship Wisconsin
But golf isn't Steve's only passion.
In 1986 after watching motor racing since he was a kid at Te Marua raceway in Wellington, he met up with one of his driver heroes Clark Proctor who built him a stock racer in which he competed in the 1986-1987 season. After one season in the Street-stock Division Steve moved into Saloon car division. His first car was a Ford Mustang, his second car was a Ford Thunderbird and his current car is much more powerful Ford Mustang. In New Zealand Steve competes in both the Super Saloon and Limited Saloon Divisions.
The Steve Williams Foundation was setup in 2001 with the aim of assisting junior golf throughout New Zealand in particular the smaller provinces that struggle to secure sponsorship. The Foundation also sponsors four to six Youth Ministock competitors each season. In 2008 the Foundation began a relationship with the Starship Hospital in Auckland to partner them with the rebuild of the Children's Oncology Unit. The completed unit now bears the Steve Williams Foundation's name.
In demand around the world as a speaker Steve Williams donates all of his speaking fees to the Foundation.