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Tiger's ex-caddie: I was sometimes treated like a 'slave'

Steve Williams was Tiger Woods’ caddie from 1999-2011.

Steve Williams was Tiger Woods’ caddie from 1999-2011.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Tiger Woods' former caddie Steve Williams says in his autobiography he was sometimes treated as a "slave" on the course and was "hung out to dry" by Woods' management when the golfer's marital infidelities were revealed in 2009.

Williams was on Woods' bag for 13 of his 14 major titles and 63 of his 79 PGA Tour victories before they had an acrimonious breakup in 2011. In his book, Out of the Rough, excerpted in a New Zealand newspaper Sunday, Williams says he often was angry when Woods "would flippantly toss a club in the general direction of the bag, expecting me to go over and pick it up."

"It was like I was his slave," says Williams, who began working with Woods in 1999.

Williams again says he had no idea Woods was having affairs while married to Elin Nordegren and "repeatedly" asked Woods' management team to release a statement saying that after Woods' scandal erupted. The team wouldn't do that "because there were others in his group who knew exactly what was going on and management felt they couldn't single out one person as innocent," Williams says. He felt "angry, frustrated and hung out to dry."

Williams says he never considered quitting because though he didn't condone Woods' behavior, he didn't want to abandon a friend at a tough time. Woods didn't communicate with him for four months after the scandal broke, Williams says. When Woods did, he apologized, and Williams says that before resuming their association, he presented Woods with a list of demands for better behavior.

Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, declined to comment to ESPN about whether Woods and Williams had a nondisclosure agreement that could have been violated by the book, out today.

PGA: Justin Thomas won the CIMB Classic for his first tour title, holing a 6-foot par putt on No. 28 for a one-stroke win over Adam Scott at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 22-year-old American, who shared the lead after the third round, closed with 6-under 66 for a tournament-record 26-under 262 total. Scott shot 63. Third-round co-leader Brendan Steele (68) and Kevin Na (67) were 24 under.

European: Victor Dubuisson won the Turkish Airlines Open by one over Jaco Van Zyl in Antalya, Turkey. Dubuisson, who shared the third-round lead with Van Zyl, shot 6-under 66 for a 22-under 266 total in the first of the tour's four-event Final Series. Van Zyl shot 67. Rory McIlroy was a shot behind going into the round but had 71 to finish 16 under.

LPGA: Sei Young Kim made a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 18 for a one-stroke victory in the Blue Bay LPGA at Hainan Island, China. The third-round co-leader closed with 2-under 70 for 2-under 286. Stacy Lewis (70), Kim Kaufman (69) and Candie Kung (71), who shared the third-round lead, finished a stroke back.

Champions: Duffy Waldorf won the Toshiba Classic for his first tour title, birdieing the final hole for 5-under 66 and a two-stroke victory with a tournament-record 20-under 193. Joe Durant (62) was second. This was the season's final full-field event. The top 30 on the money list play in this week's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

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