Tiger dumped by sponsor

Scandal-hit golfer isn’t out of the Woods yet
Tuesday , 15 December 2009
Tiger dumped by sponsor

Disgraced golfer TIGER WOODS has lost his first major sponsor following his alleged affair scandal.

Woods announced on Friday he's taking an indefinite hiatus from the sport to repair his fractured marriage to wife Elin.

The couple has endured a rocky few weeks since he crashed his car outside his Florida home in November after a fight over his reported infidelity.

Bosses at two of his big name sponsors, Gillette and U.S. telecoms giant ATT - deals rumoured to be worth up to $20 million - have already announced they are scaling down the use of Woods in their promotional campaigns, but management firm Accenture has become the first company to officially axe the athlete from their books.

A statement released by the global management services company reads, "Given the circumstances of the last two weeks, after careful consideration and analysis, the company has determined that he is no longer the right representative for its advertising. Accenture said that it wishes only the best for Tiger Woods and his family."

However, Woods can count on the support of his main backer, Nike - executives have vowed to stand by the troubled star as he takes time to sort out his private life.

A representative from the sports giant says, "Tiger has been part of Nike for more than a decade. He is the best golfer in the world and one of the greatest athletes of his era. We look forward to his return to golf.

"He and his family have Nike's full support."