Tiger Woods won’t be competing at the 105th PGA Championship this weekend at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York.
In fact, Woods isn’t anywhere near returning to competitive golf after a potentially career-ending foot surgery.
But that doesn’t mean he’s not picking up major victories still.
Woods picked up a big victory in court recently when a judge upheld the non-disclosure agreement signed by his ex-girlfriend, Erica Herman.
Herman alleged Woods committed sexual harassment while the two were dating, and that she should be allowed to speak about it under the the Federal Speak Out Act. The act “prohibits the judicial enforceability of a nondisclosure clause or nondisparagement clause agreed to before a dispute arises involving sexual assault or sexual harassment in violation of federal, tribal, or state law.”
She signed the agreement in 2017 when the two first began dating.
Herman now seeks at least $30 million in damages over her expulsion from the $45.8 million mansion where she and Woods lived.
She hoped to resolve the case in open court. But judge Elizabeth Metzger instead opted for arbitration.
“In an 11-page ruling, Judge Metzger agreed with Woods on the NDA. She stressed ‘arbitration agreements are strongly favored as a matter of public policy and will be enforced whenever possible.’ Metzger added that judges must first turn to the language of an NDA to ascertain the parties’ intent before attempting to reconstruct what the parties might have been thinking. Here the language unambiguously covered ‘any and all disputes,'” Sportico’s Michael McCann reports.
Metzger also determined that Herman did not “provide factual specificity” regarding her sexual harassment claims.
The ruling closes Herman’s lawsuit against Woods. Though she is also suing a trust which Woods holds. Metzger is presiding over that case as well.
Tiger may not tee it up anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean he’s stopped winning.