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Woods' Latest Pain

Tiger Woods. (Darren Carroll, USGA)
Tiger Woods’ company ETW, has been found guilty of deceptive trade practices. (Darren Carroll, USGA)

As if shooting 78 on Sunday and limping around on a bad back were not enough, Tiger Woods was handed another embarrassment in Miami on Wednesday when a jury found Woods’ company, ETW, guilty of deceptive trade practices.

The jury found that ETW failed to live up to a 2001 licensing agreement to provide photographs and signatures to South Miami resident Bruce Matthews for his company, Gotta Have It Golf. ETW was ordered to pay Matthews $668,000, but according to Matthews’ attorney, interest will put the total judgment at $1.3 million.


Woods testified for 45 minutes under subpoena on Monday. The six-woman jury came back against ETW late on Wednesday.

Matthews is still attempting to get an additional $1 million in legal fees.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Eric Isicoff, one of Matthews’ attorneys. “The behavior of ETW Corporation has been reprehensible and we are very pleased with the jury’s verdict.”

No comment from Woods could be found. His website and Twitter feed made no mention of the suit or the verdict, although those familiar with the case said that ETW is expected to appeal.

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