Greg Norman defended caddie Steve Williams over his racial slur about Tiger Woods, and does not believe Williams is racist.
"We've all made stupid comments at stupid times, unfortunately his stupid comment became global news," Norman said. "I know he probably regrets saying it, but I guarantee you in that room on that night there was probably some heavier things said."
Williams' disparaging comment came during a caddies' awards party Friday in Shanghai.
Norman added that Williams' current employer, Adam Scott, should ignore calls to release him. Scott has said he will stand by Williams.
Norman had Williams on his bag for several years in the 1980s. He replied "no, not at all," when asked if Williams was racist.
Scott said he believes "there is absolutely no room for racial discrimination in any walk of life, including the game of golf."
"I have discussed this matter directly with Steve and he understands and supports my view on this subject. I also accept Steve's apology, knowing that he meant no racial slur with his comments. I now consider the matter closed."
Woods and Scott are also playing in the Australian Open, which tees off Thursday and has attracted a strong field because of the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne next week.
Norman disagreed with possible, but extremely unlikely, moves to pair Woods and Scott this week for the first two rounds of the Australian Open. It was also suggested to Norman, the captain of the International side for the Presidents Cup, that he might send Scott out against Woods in the team event in Melbourne.
Norman said any feud between Woods and Williams needs to be sorted out.
"Because of the temperature that was going on between the two of them, anything that is said or not said is going to exacerbate whatever that feeling is," Norman said. "I hope it gets resolved."