Tiger Woods' former caddie Steve Williams has spoken about the time he accidentally dropped the big cat's 9-iron in a lake during the Ryder Cup. The year was 2006 and it was a very good season from the then 31-year-old. He had won eight times that included two majors.
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On the Chasing Majors podcast, his former looper described: "So it's a par-3, a green that has all water to the front of it and to the right of it. And I'm leaning on Tiger's club, he's up there putting, and I'm leaning on this club, and I slip, and I've either got to let me go in the water or the club, so I let the club go. We go to the next hole, I believe he was playing with Jim Furyk, Tiger's going to hit his second shot, and it's the bloody 9-iron. And I'm thinking, 'I just can't give him the yardage for an 8 or a wedge; it's a 9, I can't deviate this one.' And he goes to pull the 9-iron out, and he says 'Where's the 9-iron?' and I said 'You know that lake back there?' Williams said Woods responded by saying: "You f—–g clown. Only you".
He is among the most successful sportsmen ever, as well as one of the richest in the world. When it comes to firsts Tiger Woods is always present: 15 majors won, 110 professional tournaments, the most successful golfer in the history of this sport. Statistics that explain why he managed to stay at the top of the world ranking for 683 weeks (of which 281 consecutive) and above all because in 2014 he became the first sportsman in the world to have broken the billion dollar barrier. Astronomical figure that also justifies the fact that Tiger Woods can afford a yacht like the Privacy, a real fairytale boat. And obviously we are talking about something that has cost a lot.
If you imagine a luxury yacht and some comfort on board, then Privacy has it. 48 meters long, with a total area of 600 square meters, this yacht was purchased by the golfer in 2004. Equipped with five cabins capable of accommodating a total of ten people, she also boasts four quarters for nine crew members. Tiger Woods usually calls it "my dinghy" even if everything looks like a dinghy: with a cruising speed of 18 knots, he also has a gym on board where the golfer keeps training. Woods, in fact, prefers to stay on this yacht during the tournaments held in New York.
With cherry wood interiors, Privacy also features an elevator for three people, a huge Jacuzzi, large enough to accommodate eight people, and the inevitable cinema room and corner bar. The extra something for this mega yacht is provided by the area that Tiger Woods wanted to be dedicated to scuba diving: this also explains the presence of a decompression chamber (inflatable) and an area dedicated to filling oxygen cylinders. The luxuries are also completed by three jet skis and two scooters for short shore excursions. Obviously, all of this has a price: Privacy cost 17 million euros and its annual maintenance amounts to 1.7 million euros.