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Life after Tiger good for Scott's caddie

AKRON, Ohio — The chants and cheers began as Adam Scott walked toward the 18th green to complete a command performance Sunday in the Bridge­stone Invitational and win his first World Golf Championship event.

But in a surreal scene at Fire­stone, the chants weren't for him.

They were for his caddie.

"Stev-ie Will-iams," they shouted as the guy carrying the bag broke into a big smile.

The celebration made it clear Steve Williams felt vindicated after being fired last month by Tiger Woods. The interview afterward made it sound as if it was Williams who shot the 5-under 65. At one point, he described himself as a "good front-runner when I'm caddying."

"I've caddied for 33 years — 145 wins now — and that's the best win I've ever had," Williams told CBS Sports on the 18th green. This from a guy whose 12 years working for Woods featured 13 majors and 16 world titles among 72 wins worldwide. That includes the 2001 Masters, when Woods won an unprecedented fourth straight major.

Clearly, Williams is still angry over how and when Woods cut him loose. He even disputed Woods' version of how it happened, saying Woods told him over the phone, not in person.

Scott didn't seem to mind that his caddie was getting most of the attention.

"I can talk about Steve now and not Tiger," Scott said to laughter, alluding to the countless times players have been asked about Woods. "I'm sure there are a lot of other golfers who wouldn't mind that, either."

It was a premier performance by Scott, who didn't make a bogey over his last 26 holes and couldn't afford to with 19-year-old Ryo Ishikawa giving him all he could handle.

They were never separated by more than one shot until Scott chipped in from the side of the 12th green, then rolled in a birdie putt from just inside 30 feet on the 14th to build a three-shot lead. Ishikawa three-putted the 15th, and Scott wound up at 17-under 263 to win by four.

Woods, playing his first event in three months, closed with 70 to tie for 37th, 18 shots behind.

PGA: Scott Piercy squandered a three-stroke lead but held on, making a 7-foot par on 18 to win the Reno-Tahoe Open, his first tour victory. He shot 2-under 70 to finish at 15-under 273, beating Pat Perez by a stroke. Piercy drove into the sage brush on the 18 but knocked out safely, pitched to 30 feet of the pin then sent his first putt past the hole before wobbling in the winner.

CHAMPIONS: Jay Haas birdied the final hole to win the 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn., by one. He finished at 15-under 201. Palm Harbor's John Huston, a co-leader after Round 2, shot 1-over 73 to finish four back.

Life after Tiger good for Scott's caddie 08/08/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 8, 2011 12:08am]

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