Tiger Woods, caddie sued by Florida man over 2018 Valspar incident

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TAMPA, Fla. — A Pasco County (Fla.) resident has sued golf star Tiger Woods and his caddie, alleging that he was injured after being shoved during the 2018 Valspar Championship at Innisbrook.

According to a complaint filed Tuesday in Pinellas County, the incident took place on the par-3 13th hole of Woods’ third round. Woods’ tee shot sailed over the green and landed near where Brian Borruso and other spectators were watching.

Borruso then tried to take a selfie with Woods in the background. That’s when Woods’ caddie, Joseph LaCava, shoved Borruso, “causing him to stumble and fall into the crowd of spectators,” according to the lawsuit. Borruso’s specific injuries are not specified in the complaint, but it alleges that he was hospitalized, lost the ability to earn income and aggravated an existing health condition.

“The losses are either permanent or continuing,” the suit said.

Borruso is seeking more than $30,000 in damages. He is represented by Josh Dreschel of St. Petersburg’s Josh Firm.

“Regardless of celebrity status, no one has the right to violate the well-known safety rule of keeping your hands to yourself,” Drechsel said in a statement. “It’s not right for anyone to do that, and we believe there is evidence out there that will help prove our case.”

Dreschel is still seeking more of that evidence, including any video of the incident. He wrote that the PGA has “refused to cooperate” in their investigation, so he’s asking members of the public to send emails with more information.

The suit accuses LaCava of negligence, culpable negligence and battery. The complaints against Woods center on negligence and respondeat superior — employer liability for the actions of his caddie.

Woods’ arrival for that PGA Tour event was one of the biggest golf events in the history of Tampa Bay. The 15-time major winner hadn’t played at Innisbrook in 22 years, before he became a household name and one of the biggest sports stars of his generation.

Woods finished second at the Valspar, missing a 37-foot putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff with Paul Casey.

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