'He definitely needs to earn my respect again'

Tiger Woods' former caddie Steve Williams has let rip at his former employer, after the troubled former world number one sacked him.

Williams had been at Woods' side during the good times and the bad: he was there for 13 of his boss' 14 major title wins, and also stuck by him during the revelations in his private life, where he was found to be one of the biggest swordsman in the history of sport. Now he says that he has lost respect for Woods, and disappointed to be dumped by him. No surprise, given just how much money he's made off the man.

'You could say I've wasted the last two years of my life,' he whined. 'I've stuck with Tiger and been incredibly loyal. I'm not disappointed I've been fired - that's part of the job - but the timing is extraordinary.

'I am extremely disappointed, given that the last 18 months has been a particularly difficult time. With the scandals, a new coach, a swing change, I've stuck with him through thick and thin and been incredibly loyal - and then this happens.

'I wouldn't ditch someone when the chips are down. I've stuck by Tiger and put myself and my family in a difficult position. I'm a very big stickler for loyalty and I stuck with Tiger through his difficult period when a lot of people thought I should have left his side. That was the most difficult period that I've ever been through in my life.

'I'm pretty hard headed and took it probably a lot better than my wife and family did, but there's no way that I should have been put through that. My name should have been cleared immediately. It wasn't and that's what makes it even more disappointing what's transpired.

'I, along with a lot of people, lost a lot of respect for Tiger [over his extra-marital affairs] and I pointed out before his return at the Masters at Augusta in 2010 that he had to earn back my respect. Through time I hope he can gain my respect back. He definitely needs to earn my respect again, that's for sure.'

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