Woods and caddie sued by spectator over alleged 2018 incident

Tiger Woods is sued for $30,000 by a golf fan who claims he suffered ‘severe injury and damages’ after star’s caddie shoved him as he tried to take a selfie

  • A Florida man is suing Tiger Woods and his caddie Joe LaCava, claiming he was injured after LaCava shoved him when he tried to take a selfie with the golfer
  • Brian Borruso alleges the incident took place during the third round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook after Woods’s tee shot landed near him
  • Borruso, who is seeking more than $30,000 in damages, says he stumbled and fell into the crowd of spectators after being shoved by LaCava
  • The injures he suffered are described as ‘permanent or continuing’ in the lawsuit
  • Woods was named as a defendant because he employs LaCava

A Florida man has filed a lawsuit against Tiger Woods and his caddie Joe LaCava alleging he sustained injuries after LaCava shoved him when he tried to take a selfie with the golfer in the background at a tournament in 2018.

According to the civil complaint, which was filed on Tuesday in Pinellas County, Florida, Brian Borruso alleges the incident took place during the third round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook after Woods’s tee shot landed near him.

Borruso, who is seeking more than $30,000 in damages, says he stumbled and fell into the crowd of spectators after being shoved by LaCava, ultimately causing injuries he described in the lawsuit as ‘permanent or continuing.’

According to the civil complaint, Brian Borruso (pictured) alleges the incident took place during the third round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook after Woods’s tee shot landed near him. Borruso, who is seeking more than $30,000 in damages, says he stumbled and fell into the crowd of spectators after being shoved by LaCava, ultimately causing injuries he described in the lawsuit as ‘permanent or continuing’

Tiger Woods, who was competing in only his fourth PGA Tour event after a long layoff following spinal fusion surgery in April 2017, was named as a defendant because he employs Joe LaCava (left), who last year was inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame

‘Brian Borruso suffered injury and damages including, but not limited to, bodily and mental injury, and resulting pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, expenses of hospitalization, medical and nursing care and treatment, loss of ability to earn income, and aggravation of previously existing condition,’ read the filing, obtained by the Daily Mail. ‘The losses are either permanent or continuing.’

There is some video of the moments leading up to Borruso being shoved, although the plaintiff is not visible in the footage. 

LaCava can be heard telling fans to ‘back it up’ and is seen extending his arm as if to shield Woods from spectators during his practice swings.  

There is some video of the moments leading up to Borruso being shoved, although the plaintiff is not visible in the footage. LaCava is seen to the left of Tiger Woods (pink)

That video does not show any contact between LaCava and anyone else, but another clip purportedly from the same moment and place includes two male voices commenting on LaCava shoving someone. 

‘He just pushed him,’ said one voice as others can be heard laughing in the background. 

‘He just shoved him right out of there,” another voice can be heard saying.   

Both the agent and spokesman for 15-times major champion Woods did not immediately respond to Reuters when asked to comment. LaCava could not be reached for comment.

The lawsuit says United States Golf Association rules state golfers are responsible for their caddie’s actions during a round and that Woods ‘failed in his duty as he freely allowed’ LaCava to negligently use force.

Woods, who was competing in only his fourth PGA Tour event after a long layoff following spinal fusion surgery in April 2017, was named as a defendant because he employs LaCava, who last year was inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame.

Borruso apparently enjoys selfies. This is a picture of him next to the NFL’s Lombardi Trophy 

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