|[a] Better times RF|
This doesn't deter you. Revenge will be bliss...if we can ever figure out how to spell "caddy."
|[b] Teed off RF|
It didn't go well—something along the lines of "sure, go ahead...and don't bother coming back."
A few weeks later, "man-to-man" as Woods tells it, Williams was fired.
Revenge is sweet. Not only did Woods perform this past weekend in so-so fashion, but Williams caddied for the winner. Yes, the winner of the whole tournament. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is not a slouch tournament on the PGA tour, either. If the John Deere Classic is, perhaps, a "3" on a scale of one-to-ten (and the U.S. Open a "10"), this week's tournament was at least a "7" and probably an "8." Not bad. The fired employee helps the winner of the tournament and embarrasses his boss all of the way around the course (fans shouted encouragement for Williams and at least some taunts at Tiger).
|[c] Rough RF|
And that is one of the many challenges of exilic response. We will be exploring its dimensions in the coming months, especially when some aspect of the phenomenon is in the news, as it is today. It is hard enough (by far) to gain revenge in the first place. Steve Williams was able to exact large chunks of revenge on his former boss (for example, his ten percent cut of the winning purse was, on its own, three times as much money as Tiger earned in the whole tournament...and that is before Tiger paid his own caddy.
There is more, though. There is always more with anger and pain and retribution. Not being able to leave it alone, or "crossing the line," is a lingering part of the strange set of patterns I call exilic response. Usually, angry people who want revenge don't get their wishes. That is the cruel reality of the situation. Most times, we lose and we "stay lost." This makes it harder when we actually smell the scent of revenge. All too often, when people do get their wishes, they overplay their hands in the very moment of success. It is open to debate whether or not Edmond Dantès did so in The Count of Monte Cristo (I think not). All over the sports world today, though, radio and television shows are debating whether Steve Williams "crossed the line" and embarrassed his new boss, even though no one is feeling very sorry these days for an old boss named Tiger.
|[d] Exilic RF|
Stay tuned for more exilic anger and resentment on the pages of Round and Square.