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Tiger's caddie has become quite the frequent flyer

Tiger Woods, right, and his caddie, Steve Williams, wait to tee off on the 11th hole during practice for the Cadillac Championship golf tournament in Doral, Fla., Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Tiger Woods, right, and his caddie, Steve Williams, wait to tee off on the 11th hole during practice for the Cadillac Championship golf tournament in Doral, Fla., Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) (J Pat Carter - AP)

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By DOUG FERGUSON
The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 9, 2011; 6:00 PM

DORAL, Fla. -- No other caddie has traveled so far to work so little than Steve Williams.

Part of that is because Williams lives in New Zealand, and his 5-year-old son Jett is now going to school. And part of that is Woods playing in different parts of the world this early in the season.

Asked how his frequent flyer profile was looking, Williams just shook his head Wednesday.

"Put it this way," he said. "Qantas has me on speed dial."

When he leaves Miami after this week's Cadillac Championship, Williams already will have flown some 60,000 miles to work four tournaments. In one case, Williams spent more time in the air than his hotel room.

He started in January by flying from Auckland to San Diego for the Farmers Insurance Open. Then came the Auckland-Dubai round trip two weeks later. But the worst of it was the Match Play Championship.

"I stayed in my hotel one night and went home," he said.

Williams arrived in Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday. Woods lost in the first round the next day to Thomas Bjorn, and by evening, Williams was on a flight to Los Angeles to catch a connection back home.

After this week, he will stay two days in Orlando for a made-for-TV exhibition, leaving Tuesday and getting home on Thursday. He'll be home three days before flying back to Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, then return home after the tournament.

His wife used to come to America for Bay Hill, and they would go somewhere on vacation before the Masters. But with his son in school, Williams goes back to New Zealand for three days before flying to Augusta.

When he gets home after the Masters, he already will have logged nearly 94,000 miles in the air.

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