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Scott gives caddie Williams a break this week

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 2:57 a.m. HST, Jan 8, 2014

For the first time since Colonial in 2011, Adam Scott will have a new caddie on the bag this week at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

No, Steve Williams is not ready to retire.

“He’s tired. He’s old,” Scott said of Williams, who turned 50 last week. “One week in a row is enough.”

Williams called it the start of his semi-retirement. He has talked about cutting back on his schedule in the next year or two, though it would seem peculiar to come all the way to Hawaii just for one week.

The caddie failed to mention that the New Zealand Super Saloon Championship is next week, followed by the New Zealand Saloon Championships.

“He’s chomping at the bit to have a go,” Scott said. “He’s earned it. I’ll let him drive one week, as long as he comes back.”

That won’t be until the Honda Classic. For the Sony Open, the Masters champion will have a friend on the bag.

Pine Valley No. 1

Golf Digest has expanded its “Top 100” list to include courses worldwide, only that didn’t change anything at the top.

Pine Valley claimed the No. 1 ranking in the inaugural “World 100 Greatest Courses” list that appears in the February issues available in print next week. The magazine had the top three courses in America (Pine Valley, Cypress Point, Augusta National), with Royal County Down in Northern Ireland at No. 4.

Shinnecock Hills was at No. 5.

Oops, this is the U.S.

Hawaii residents can get sensitive when they hear tourists mention the mainland as “back in the U.S.”

Callaway Golf is the latest culprit.

In a press release announcing that it signed two-time PGA Tour winner Harris English to its tour staff, Callaway included a comment from English that was said “shortly before leaving the U.S. for Hawaii.”

Inflation stat of the week

In his first 24 starts as a pro, Tiger Woods won six times (including the Masters) and earned $2,626,115. In his first 24 starts as a pro, Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic and has earned $4,634,820.

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