Melbourne, Oct.14 : New Zealander caddie Steve Williams, who has caddied for both Australian golfer Greg Norman and American Tiger Woods, has said that former was at least equal in his skills to the latter.
The Courier Mail quoted Williams as telling the Weekly Independent that the only difference between the two champions was the way they dealt with setbacks on the course.
"Greg's greatest weakness was his inability to shake off a bad shot, or something he didn't like. He just couldn't get over it," Williams said.
Woods, on the other hand, would take out his frustrations by producing better shots.
"The thing a lot of people don't like about Tiger is his temperament is obviously not ideal, but he has that knack of being able to get over it very quickly," Williams says.
"He likes to take the frustration out and get on with the job. Call it controlled aggression. Tiger lets it all hang out, and plays a miraculous shot straight afterwards.
"That was something Greg could never do. He'd dwell on it. That was his downfall. Greg didn't have the personality type of Tiger. If he did, I think he would have been equal to the best of what Tiger has done.
"In my eyes, Greg was certainly as good a player as Tiger."
In tandem with Woods, Williams has become a multimillionaire. He has also become great mates with Woods, who was best man at Williams's wedding in New Zealand in 2005.
Williams parted company with Norman in 1989, having won the 1986 British Open in partnership and losing the three-man play-off to Mark Calcavecchia at Royal Troon in the 1989 British Open.
"I certainly wouldn't have got to where I am today without caddying for Greg, because I learned an awful lot," he said.