Steve Williams, the caddie for Tiger Woods, kicked a camera out of a photographer's hands today on the 10th tee at Shinnecock Hills at the start of Woods's second round in the U.S. Open.
The photographer, John Roca of the New York Daily News, said he was standing at the back of the tee and had been taking pictures while Woods was warming up. He said he had asked course marshals if he was permitted to be in that area and was told it was not a problem, even though U.S. Golf Association rules say photographers are not allowed on any tee boxes during competition.
"There were three of us. We were shooting Tiger when he was warming up," said Roca, who has been a Daily News photographer for 33 years. "He looked back at us, and we stopped shooting. Someone to my left let go a burst [of frames], and then here comes the caddie. He walked over to me, and this was from about 15 feet away, and says, 'Hey mate, that's enough.'
"I had my camera up. He lifts up his foot and without saying anything, he kicked my camera down, then calmly walked away. I was stunned."
Said Williams: "Yeah, I kicked his camera because he wasn't supposed to be there. The guy should know he's not supposed to shoot when a guy's getting ready to swing. These are professional photographers. That's an inappropriate time to take a picture."
Asked why he kicked the camera instead of asking the photographer to stop, Williams said, "Because that's what I did, that's why."
At the 2002 Skins Game in California, Williams took a camera away from a spectator and threw it in a lake. He was fined an undisclosed amount by the PGA Tour, and Woods reportedly paid the fine. A USGA spokesman said Friday no action would be taken against Williams over the incident.
No Duval at Booz Allen
After participating in his first tournament in eight months, former No. 1 player David Duval was not exactly ready to rejoin his colleagues on the PGA Tour. At least not at the next stop, the Booz Allen Classic.
"I'm not playing next week," Duval said unequivocally after Friday's 82 left him 25 over par. . . . .
Just call Tim Herron's second round Lumpy's Wild Ride. The player with the nickname suited to his ample girth made eight birdies en route to a 66 that left him at 1-over 141, seven shots off the lead.
"I'm just glad I got it in, and you know like what they say, around even par is good," Herron said. "I'm in position."