Tiger Woods' ex-caddy Steve Williams is under fire for using what is being reported as a "racial slur" about Woods at an awards dinner in Shanghai Friday night. The outspoken New Zealander told the audience that the aim of his over-the-top reaction when Adam Scott won a world championship in August was "to shove it right up that black a—hole."

Williams later issued an apology on his website while admitting that the comments "could be construed as racist."

For his troubles, Steve Williams will be kept well away from Woods at the Australian Open in Sydney this week as part of a multimillion-dollar plan from tournament officials to win over the golfing superstar, Sydney's Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

The officials have devised an exhaustive five-star checklist — involving accommodation, fine dining, tourism and a fleet of chauffeured limousines — to ensure that Woods' visit to the Harbour City is not his last. And high on their list of demands is that Woods have no embarrassing encounter with his former caddie.

Can you say "sour grapes"? We suspect that the many millions of dollars that Williams earned with Woods is clearly not enough to make up for being fired by Woods in July. You would think that 13 years of solid employment and having his profile elevated by association with Woods, especially during the legendary years, would be enough to at least keep racial outbursts to a minimum. Guess not.

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