Bagman Williams inspires Scott to greater heights
Winning a professional tournament, especially one that has World Golf Championships status, requires so many qualities. Stamina, total concentration, course knowledge, a certain knowhow to make the right move at the right time, confidence and total belief in your own ability.
These are just some of the facets required to land one of the biggest paydays of your career. Another is making sure you have a boss who can hit decent golf shots.
The WGC Bridgestone Invitational was Stevie Williams' greatest triumph and, by the way, well done to Adam Scott for the bit part he played in giving the genial Kiwi caddie such a popular victory.
Whenever else have crowds roared the name of a bagman on a triumphant march to the home green? When has it been the caddie's television interview rather than the player's that has stolen all the headlines?
Can Steve Williams help Adam Scott seize victory in the PGA Championship? Photo: Getty
To hear Williams speak afterwards you would be forgiven for thinking that this win for the often underachieving Scott was all down to the bloke lugging his bag around the Firestone Course.
"I guess when I caddie for someone it's kind of a reassurance that I know what it takes to get it done," Williams observed.
Perhaps the man who was at Tiger Woods' side for thirteen of his fourteen major titles would have been better served letting others make that suggestion, but if you look beyond Williams' lack of humility you do have to admit he has a point.
This was the 145th win of his 33 year career and Scott was rightly quick to praise the positive influence of his new caddie in helping him plot his way round a course where Williams shared so much success when he worked with Woods.
Going forward Williams has a far bigger test ahead in trying to help Scott become a consistent force in major championships because that is the environment where the 31 year old Australian has consistently failed to deliver.
Scott won the Players' Championship (the supposed fifth major) in 2004 and the prestigious season ending Tour Championship two years later. His WGC win was his eighth triumph on both the PGA and European Tours.
He is a serious player, but for a golfer of such talent he has a seriously dodgy record in major championships. Scott's joint runner up finish at this year's Masters was only his third top ten in a major - he was ninth in the 04 PGA and eighth in the 06 Open.
The effectiveness of Scott's broomhandle putter can't be underestimated, but perhaps Williams will make the crucial difference. Scott is now a genuine contender for the game's biggest prizes, starting this week at the US PGA.
Certainly a good (never mind great) caddie can be a huge influence. Lee Westwood credited his rise to the top of the world rankings to the contribution of Billy Foster - an undisputed King in the world of bagmen.
Colin Montgomerie says he played his best golf because of the inspiring influence of Alistair McLean, Ronan Flood made Padraig Harrington tick for his three majors and as we can now deduce with absolute certainty Woods' decade of dominance was all down to the man carrying his clubs.
Okay that's a gross exaggeration, but Williams' influence was a significant part of Woods' success - and, as an aside, isn't it extraordinary how both parties are now engaged in a captivating game of "liar, liar pants are on fire" over how and when the former number one delivered his recent "your fired" line?
More significant is the way that Scott's win with Williams in tow fits into what has been such a memorable a golfing year for the dramas that have been played out on and off the course.
It all points to the Atlanta Athletic Club playing host to a thrilling climax to the major championship season.
Westwood and the only man ahead of him in the world rankings, Luke Donald, have arrived in Georgia with confidence high after impressive finishes in Ohio and this might just be the championship where one of them makes their major breakthrough.
We've said that before, of course, but both have a great opportunity and Westwood's record in steamy hot conditions is another reason for optimism that he can become the fourth man from the famed ISM stable to win a major this year.
Rory McIlroy's game looks in decent shape too, especially if the US Open champion can fine tune his touch on the greens. The young and in form Australian, Jason Day, runner up at the Masters and US Open, is another decent bet.
Perhaps he will be inspired by his compatriot Scott, who needs to go back to back if he is to claim his first major this week. The odds suggest that's highly unlikely because winning in consecutive weeks is such a rare feat.
Then again, when you have a certain Stevie Williams on your bag all things are possible. Just ask him.