"I will win again!" Stevie Williams vows.
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - As Stevie Williams walked down the 18th fairway, followed closely in step by his faithful player, it was clear the nerves were getting to him. He had bogeyed the last three holes and now needed a par on the difficult 18th to force a playoff.
After watching his ball sail into a fairway bunker, the adrenaline seemed to affect Williams and he got quick while toweling off the sand wedge, which resulted in a few specks of sand remaining on the club and his player narrowly escaping the bunker. After a great approach shot though, Williams seemed to have gotten away with one and still had a chance to win yet another British Open.
Once he and his player reached the green, he must have been thinking to himself, “OK. Just hand him the putter and stand off to the side. You’ve made 1,000 of these moves.”
But in the pressure cooker of a Sunday at the British Open, Williams made a small mistake and didn’t stand quite far enough away so as not to distract his doting player-servant. His player missed and Williams was left to wonder when his next Major victory will come.
“Obviously it’s well documented I’ve won over 145 golf tournaments,” Williams said. “Including the greatest week of my life when I won The Bridgestone Invitational in 2011. I will win again.”
We found Williams’ player Adam Scott goofing around with the other pros at the playershack. He had just gotten into a small fight with Villegas about the price of a coke, but was still willing to talk with us about his boss’s close call.
“Stevie will win a bunch of these things,” Scott said. “He has too much talent to imagine him not getting another chance.”
Here's a look back at happier times. The interview right after Williams's last win.