Adam Scott wins Bridgestone Invitational by 4 strokes | Golf
Adam Scott won the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational by four strokes in Akron, Ohio. His caddie is Steve Williams, who was fired last month by Tiger Woods.
AKRON, Ohio — The chants and cheers began as Australian Adam Scott walked toward the 18th green to complete a command performance Sunday in the Bridgestone Invitational and win his first World Golf Championships tournament title.
But in a surreal scene at Firestone, they weren't for him.
They were for his caddie.
"Ste-vie Will-iams," fans shouted as the man carrying the bag for Scott smiled.
The celebration made it clear Williams felt vindicated after being fired last month by Tiger Woods. The interview after the tournament was over — yes, he gave interviews — made it sound as if it was Williams who shot the 5-under-par 65 that produced a four-stroke victory.
"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.
Williams remains 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 rather than in person.
"I was absolutely shocked that I got the boot, to be honest with you," Williams said. "I've been incredibly loyal to the guy, and I got short-shrifted. Very disappointed."
Scott didn't seem to mind his new caddie was getting much of the attention.
"I can talk about Steve now and not Tiger," Scott said to laughter, alluding to the countless times he and other players have been asked about Woods.
Scott finished at 17-under 263, the lowest score to win at Firestone since Woods had a 259 in 2000 in an 11-stroke victory.
Scott, 31, earned $1.4 million for his eighth PGA Tour victory.
Rickie Fowler and Luke Donald each shot 66s to tie for second place.
Ryan Moore (72) of Puyallup tied for 23rd place at 2 under.
Woods (70) tied for 37th at 1 over. After missing three months because of a knee injury, Woods finished a tournament for the first time since the Masters on April 10.
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Piercy shot a 2-under 70 to finish at 15-under 273, beating Pat Perez (68). Piercy, 32, earned $540,000 and won for the first time in 91 career Tour starts.
Kirk Triplett (75), a Pullman High School graduate, tied for 50th place at 3 under. Ex-Washington Huskies player Alex Prugh (75) of Spokane tied for 67th at 1 over.
• Jay Haas birdied the final hole to win the 3M Championship, an event on the 50-and-older Champions Tour, by one stroke in Blaine, Minn.
Haas, 57, closed with a 4-under 68. He finished at 15-under 201 for 54 holes and earned $262,500.
Tom Lehman (68), Kenny Perry (66) and Peter Senior (70) tied for second place.
Seattle native Fred Couples (70) tied for 26th at 8 under.
• J.J. Killeen shot a 3-under 69 to win for the second consecutive week on the Nationwide Tour, two-putting from 90 feet on the final hole to avoid a five-way playoff at the Cox Classic in Omaha, Neb.
Killeen, 29, made a 5-foot putt to finish at 22-under 262, edging Jonas Blixt (64), Ken Duke (66), Gary Christian (65) and former U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee (66).
Ex-UW Huskies player Troy Kelly (68) tied for ninth at 18 under. Jeff Gove (67) of Seattle tied for 15th at 16 under.
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