Celebration by Steve Williams gets mixed responses

Former Tiger Woods caddie Steve Williams (left) was on the bag as Adam Scott won the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday. Williams called it "the best win I've ever had."

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. --- Tiger Woods' former caddie drew a mixed reaction for his gloating over his new boss' first victory with him on the bag.


Some understood Steve Williams ' frustration after being dumped by Woods. Others thought the caddie went overboard in his comments to the media, taking attention away from the man who actually won the World Golf Championship at Firestone, Adam Scott .

The crowd chanted Williams' name as he walked up to the 18th green with Scott, who pulled away for a four-stroke win. Afterward, Williams gave an interview nearly twice as long as the Aussie's, calling it "the best win I've ever had" -- remember, he caddied for 13 of Woods' major titles -- and making it clear he felt Woods had treated him unfairly.

Steve Stricker said Monday that Williams was clearly upset and eager to let his feelings out after the acrimonious split.

"I'm not going to say if he went overboard or not," Stricker said after a practice round for the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club. "It's just too bad their relationship had to end like that."

A pair of English golfers, who weren't at Firestone but watched the tournament on television, took shots at Williams on Twitter

"Cannot believe they have interviewed Steve Williams. Nice of him to take away from Scotty's win. Says it all," Chris Wood wrote.

Former Augusta State star Oliver Wilson chimed in, "Steve Williams taken all the attention off Adam scotts fantastic win! Played great and nobody is talking about him this morning!!!" He added a hashtag to his tweet: "shameful."

Stricker was more diplomatic.

"This is all media driven. The media is looking for a story here," he said.."

Woods finished 18 shots behind Scott on Sunday. That only added to Williams' glee.

PLAYING UP: Some players were griping about the length of the Highlands Course -- listed at 7,467 yards for a par-70 layout -- but the PGA of America could make things interesting at a couple of holes.

Start with the 13th, the shortest par-4 at 372 yards but also the tightest, with tall pines lining both sides of the fairway and a sharp dogleg to the right.

There were markers at both the front and back tee boxes during Monday's practice round, setting up two totally different tee shots. From the closer position, the players have a shot at going for the green, if they can frame a shot around the trees and avoid a bunker on the right.

The 425-yard sixth also sets up plenty of intrigue. The PGA could move the tee forward to play 295 yards, which brings a pond into play for anyone who tries to go for the green with his tee shots. There's also bunkers in front and behind the putting surface.

TV COVERAGE: Golf fans won't have to be at the course to catch a glimpse of the practice range and putting green during the PGA Championship.

The 360-degree camera on PGA.com will be streaming a live feed from each spot at Atlanta Athletic Club, allowing users to rotate the view to any direction.

For the first two rounds, the camera will be at the practice range from 8:30-10 a.m., the putting green from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; the tee box at No. 1 from 2-4 p.m.; and the 15th green from 5-7 p.m.

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