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Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Tiger Woods breaks up with long-time caddie Steve Williams


With Tiger Woods injured, Steve Williams (left) has been on the bag with Adam Scott, most recently at last week’s British Open. (Tim Hales / AP)

Tiger Woods has announced another breakup: He will no longer use Steve Williams as his caddie.

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it's time for a change,” Woods said on his website. Unlike last week, this was no faux announcement. “Stevie is an outstanding caddie and a friend and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments. I wish him great success in the future.”

Woods and Williams, 47, have been together since 1999, through 13 major championships. The relationship certainly has been a lucrative one for Williams: Woods has career earnings of $94,728,667 and at, say, a five percent, Williams would have earned $4,736,433 — good enough for 220th on the all-time money list (via Jason Sobel of the Golf Channel).

Man, if those two crazy kids can’t make it ...

For those keeping score, this is the third professional change for Woods since he and Elin Nordegren divorced. He had ended his relationship with swing coach Hank Haney and IMG.

With Woods not playing golf as he recovers from knee and Achilles’ injuries, Williams was free to caddie for someone else and was on the bag for Adam Scott at the U.S. and British Opens.

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