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So your Tiger Woods. Have $17,000

Tiger Woods gave evidence last month at the trial in Sacramento, California of a 31-year-old man who was convicted of impersonating him to run up a $17,000 debt.

Anthony Lemar Taylor used the world No 1's real name - Eldrick T. Woods - and social security number to apply for credit cards having already obtained a fake driver's licence in his name.

A storage locker rented in Woods' name was found stuffed with TVs, video-cassette recorders, furniture and other items. Woods denies renting the locker or purchasing the items found inside.

Defence attorney James Greiner said it was impossible that store clerks would believe his client was one of the most recognisable athletes in the world.

"What they're saying is that Anthony Taylor, my client, walks in and says, 'Hey, I'm Eldrick Tiger Woods'," Greiner said.

During his evidence, the golfer joked when asked about a used luxury car bought in his name.

"It's not a Buick," he said, referring to one of his multi-million-dollar endorsement deals. Woods added that he usually pays cash for his purchases and rarely goes shopping.

"I hate shopping. I have never liked it. I don't like picking out things. I'd rather go play (golf)," he said. At the time of going to press, no sentence had been decided by the jury.

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