Phil Mickelson has hit back at Tiger's caddie Steve Williams after the Kiwi brandes the world No3 " a prick".
Williams made the comment in New Zealand, and added, "I don't particularly like the guy [Mickelson]. He pays me no respect at all and hence I don't pay him any respect. It's no secret we don't get along either."
Now Mickelson has come out with a statement, which says: "After seeing Steve Williams' comments all I could think of was how lucky I am to have a class act like Bones (caddie, Jim Mackay) on my bag and representing me."
Mickelson also said a "joke" told by Williams in which the player was heckled by a fan over his weight during this year's US Open at Torrey Pines was "a total fabrication".
"It is based on an incident on the 17th hole during a practice round of the US Open at Bethpage in 2002 that involved a European Tour player. The story has been retold often but Woods and Williams were not present at that incident," he said.
So far Woods has not commented on the war of words, and he's unlikely to given his relucatance to the media. But privately, he must be fuming - and he has a history of dealing quickly with any member of "team Tiger" who doesn't toe the party line.