Steve Williams taking Sony Open off

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

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.