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That's when Williams decided to work for Scott, and he worked for Scott again at the AT&T National, the tournament that benefits Woods' foundation. Woods said he fired him after the final round that week, and they kept it quiet until Williams was done working for Scott at the British Open.
Woods said he told him face-to-face. Williams said Sunday that Woods fired him over the phone.
"I was told on the phone that we need to take a break, and in caddie lingo, that means you're fired, simple as that," Williams said.
"I was absolutely shocked that I got the boot, to be honest with you," he said. "I've been incredibly loyal to the guy, and I got short-shrifted. Very disappointed."
The theatrics took away from Scott's biggest win since The Players Championship in 2004. He played so well he could have gone even lower except for missing two birdie putts inside 12 feet on the 16th and 17th holes.
"Today, I was on," Scott said. "To win here at this place, a World Golf Championship, it's huge."
It didn't hurt having Williams at his side. Along with his experience working for Woods, along with major champions Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd, Williams was on the bag for all seven of Woods' victories at Firestone.
"He has such a great knowledge of this golf course and the greens," Scott said. "He's seen a guy play incredible golf, the best golf anyone has ever played around here, so many times. He really guided me around the course nicely. ... So he was, no doubt, a help."
When told that Williams called this his greatest win as a caddie, Scott winced.
"He's obviously really happy to get a win," he said.
The biggest threat to Scott came from Ishikawa, although Fowler and Day remained in the mix, and Donald emerged late. Ishikawa, trying to become the youngest winner in America in 100 years, couldn't keep up when Scott made two birdies on the back nine to build a three-shot lead.
Ishikawa three-putted the 15th when he was running out of time.
"I was able to play well to be at least on top for a moment in the first half of the game today," Ishikawa said through a translator. "I think the 14th and 15th hole separated everything."
Fowler, dressed in his bright Sunday orange, is still looking for his first win. He didn't do much wrong Sunday, playing bogey-free, but it wasn't enough to catch Scott.
"It's definitely the best I've played going into a major," Fowler said.
Woods opened strongly with two birdies on the opening five holes before he "absolutely lost it" with his game, dropping five shots and not hitting a fairway on seven straight tee shots. He made three straight birdies late for a 70.
Next up is the PGA Championship, where Woods told the PGA of America that he wanted to push his interview back one day to Wednesday. He did not give a reason.
Woods will play the first two rounds with Padraig Harrington and Davis Love III. The way Williams reacted to Scott's win, a pairing of Woods-Scott in the near future would be the closest thing golf has had to a heavyweight clash.
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