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Norman: "Williams not a rascist"

Australian Greg Norman says his former caddie Steve Williams is not a racist following his comments about ex-boss Tiger Woods.

Williams, who carries Adam Scott's bag, has apologised for his comments and escaped punishment from tour chiefs.

"Steve's not a racist," said Norman of Williams who made his comments at the annual caddies' award dinner on Friday.

"His stupid comment became news - he probably regrets it. I guarantee there were heavier things said that night."

Williams caddied for Woods from 1999 until earlier this year and shared in 13 of the former world number one's 14 major victories.

Former world number one Norman added: "Because of the temperature of what was going on between the two of them, anything that was said was going to exacerbate that feeling.

"I hope it gets resolved. Golf doesn't need it, golf needs Tiger back playing great golf the way he used to.

"Golf needs the cohesiveness that's always existed. There's always been underlying currents, not everybody loves each other, and if we dislike each other, we just have a tendency of parting our ways and not seeing each other.

"To have it played out the way it has has been sad for the game of golf."

World number eight Scott and Woods will meet in Sydney for this week's Australian Open, but tournament director Tony Roosenburg has said the pair will not play together on the opening two days, though he claims this is not a result of Williams’ comments.

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