Sports Deserted Icons AugustaFILE - In this April 5, 2007, file photo, Tiger Woods hits from the third tee during the first round of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. For the first since a three-year suspension caused by World War II, this tradition unlike any other won't be held in its usual slot on the calendar, where it serves as sort of an unofficial kickoff to spring. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
A Florida man has filed a lawsuit against Tiger Woods and his caddie, claiming he suffered injuries from the caddie pushing him out of the way during the Valspar Championship that Woods played two years ago.
The civil complaint, filed Tuesday in Pinellas County, alleges Brian Borruso tried to take a selfie as Woods approached his tee shot left of the 13th green in the third round at Innisbrook, and that Joe LaCava “intentionally shoved” Borruso and caused him to stumble and fall into the crowd.
Josh Drechsel, the lawyer representing Borruso, said the lawsuit was filed two years after the tournament to get a better understanding of the injuries, which were described in the suit as “either permanent or continuing.”
Mark Steinberg, the agent for Woods at Excel Sports Management, did not immediately reply to a text seeking comment. LaCava said he had no comment.
Drechsel, meanwhile, issued a public plea for evidence from fans who might have been at the 13th green that day and witnessed the incident.
One video Dreshsel has shows LaCava approaching the fans with his left arm extended saying, “You’ve got to back it up.”
Drechsel says he wants to find the fans who could be heard on another video. One says, “I love Tiger, but I don’t like him,” and another voice is heard saying, “He just pushed him. He just shoved him right out of there.”
The lawsuit says Borruso went to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Woods played the Valspar Championship for the first time in 2018, a key event in his return from back surgeries. Before record crowds, at times standing a dozen rows deep around tee boxes, he came within one putt on the 18th hole of forcing a playoff and finished one shot behind Paul Casey.
Woods was named as a defendant because he employs LaCava, who previously was the longtime caddie for Fred Couples and began working for Woods in the fall of 2011.
Drechsel said he asked the PGA Tour for video from the tournament and said the tour told him it was unable to provide any without a court order.