TIGER Woods was arrested this morning on suspicion of drink-driving near his Florida home, according to The Sun. The former world number one golfer was stopped by cops in the town of Jupiter at around 3am local time.
Prison records show Woods was held at the Palm Beach County jail at 7.18am. He was released after nearly eight hours in custody at 10.50am local time. A mugshot has also been released showing the star in a white shirt staring blankly at the camera.
He was charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI), police records show. This is the second time Woods has been caught driving under the influence. The dad of two apologised last night but said he hadn’t been drinking, it was a bad reaction to prescription drugs.
He said in a statement: “I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions. “Alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realise the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.
“I would like to apologise with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too.” It comes just days after the 14-time major champion said he had not felt “this good in years” as he recovered from his fourth back operation.
Woods said on Thursday: “It’s been just over a month since I underwent fusion surgery on my back and it is hard to express how much better I feel. “It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years.”
He added that his return to top flight golf was “just a matter of not screwing it up”. On his website, Woods wrote: “I want to play professional golf again but I’m not looking ahead.
“I can’t twist for another two and a half to three months. “Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. I am concentrating on short-term goals.”
Woods has struggled to return to top form since taking a year off in 2009 when he admitted cheating on his then wife Elin Nordegren with several women.
In a public apology, the dad-of-two said he needed professional help and planned to undergo further therapy. Two days after the first allegations emerged, Woods crashed his plush Cadillac car outside his home and he was handed a ticket for careless driving.
Woods took a career break after he lost several sponsors over the scandal. He has missed all the major tournaments for the past two years thanks to a back injury The American golfer dropped to 876th in the world rankings and has not won a tournament since 2013.
He has not taken part competitively since pulling out of the Dubai Desert Classic in February after one round because of back pain. His manager Mark Steinberg dismissed fears at the time that Woods’ career could be over.
He said: “He’s not done.” But he could not say when the star would be fit again. Woods has not won a tournament anywhere in the world since 2013.
1978: Shows off golf skills on TV at age two.
1984: Wins Junior World Golf Championship. He goes on to triumph four more times.
1997: Youngest winner of US Masters at Augusta with record score.
1999: Wins his first PGA Championship.
JUNE 2000: Wins first US Open by a record 15 shots.
JULY 2000: Wins his first Open Championship at St Andrews.
AUGUST 2000: Second PGA Championship.
2001: Second Masters at Augusta, followed by third in 2002.
JUNE 2008: Last major win, in California. It was his third US Open Championship.
NOVEMBER 2009: Crashes car into hydrant.
DECEMBER 2009: Flurry of revelations by women he had flings with. Woods apologises for infidelity and announces “indefinite break” from golf.
2010: Returns to sport but dogged by injury.
2013: Wins five tournaments and is named the PGA Tour Player of the Year for 11th time.
2014: Back injury wrecks his comeback.
2015: Continues to struggle. Finishes 17th in Masters.
MAY 2017: Drink-drive arrest in Florida.