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Adam Scott deflects Steve Williams talk

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Adam Scott doesn't believe Sunday's post-round comments by caddie Steve Williams overshadowed his four-shot victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

"Well, I certainly don't think that was his intention to steal my moment at all," Scott said Tuesday at Atlanta Athletic Club, where he will be one of the favorites to win this week's PGA Championship.

Williams had called Scott's win "the most satisfying" of his 33-year caddying career. Many took that as Williams rubbing it in at the expense of Tiger Woods, whose high-profile firing of his 12-year sidekick came partly in reaction to Williams asking to work for Scott on an interim basis while Woods recovered from his leg injuries.

" ... [He] was asked these questions and he gave his honest answer, I assume, and with a lot of things to do with anything related to Tiger Woods, it's all scrutinized and blown out of proportion a lot of the time," Scott said. "So this is no different. And he said that was not his intention at all to do that. But he was asked a question, and he gave an honest answer. So I said, that's fair enough. Hopefully we'll just go and let our clubs do the talking for the rest of the week now."

Asked Tuesday if he had or would have a "quiet word" with Williams about the matter, Scott chuckled.

"Look, having a quiet word with Steve is ... not very easy. He's a big guy, you know.

"We've had our chat about the whole thing, and he feels the way he feels," Scott said. "I just took what he said as confidence for me. If he really feels that was one of his great wins, then I'm kind of flattered and it fills me with confidence. I think that's what his intention is, to be honest.

"He was really excited to win. Obviously he had not won for a little while, and for him, he's really passionate about it and that's what I see. And when you're passionate and in that situation, I think it all got a little out of hand. But we'll just go on from here."

In the aftermath of Scott's WGC victory, Williams was interviewed greenside by CBS and then later conducted an impromptu news conference with print and television reporters in which he detailed his frustration with Woods while proclaiming the 145th victory of his career as a caddie as his biggest -- clearly reveling in the attention fans showered upon him.

Other players believed Williams went too far.

"I thought there was no relevance to the interview other than to have a good dig at Tiger Woods in the ribs, putting it on TV," said Lee Westwood, who is ranked No. 2 in the world. "It's blatantly obvious that he's a fantastic caddie, because he's won with all different kind of players. I just didn't see the point of putting him on TV."

British Open champion Darren Clarke, who is a good friend of Woods', said: "Steve is an over-exuberant sort of guy. Adam obviously played fantastic golf, and I think if it had been my caddie, he might have kept it a little bit quieter. To each his own. I'm sure Stevie didn't mean any harm by it, but he was just very excited to win with Adam."

Williams admitted to FoxSports.com on Monday that he had been "a bit over the top" with his comments.

"I had a lot of anger in me about what happened and it all came out," he said.

Williams had said he believed he was unjustly fired by Woods, and that he also disputed the timeline that was given about how he was dismissed.

"I said what I said, but I'm not going to say any more about Tiger," Williams said.

Bog Harig is the golf writer for ESPN.com.