Tiger Woods arrested on suspicion of DUI in Florida, blames prescription medication

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Tiger Woods (Photo: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Golfing great Tiger Woods was arrested and charged with driving under the influence on Monday morning, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Woods, 41 and a resident of Jupiter Island, Fla., was taken into custody at 3 a.m.

Palm Beach County Jail records show that Woods was booked at 7:18 a.m. and released on his own recognizance at 10:50 a.m.

It’s unknown whether Woods was the only person in the vehicle. An arrest report was not immediately available.

In a statement, Woods said an “unexpected reaction” to prescribed medication affected his driving.

“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods said in a statement. “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.

“I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.

“I fully cooperated with law enforcement, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office for their professionalism.”

The 14-time major winner and former world No. 1 player has not played since February when he withdrew from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

He underwent lumbar fusion surgery in April to relieve lingering back pain. He has had four back surgeries since spring 2014.

Woods wrote last week that he “unequivocally” wants to play professional golf again.

Woods also has said in the post that his long-term prognosis for returning to professional golf is positive, but that he won’t be able to twist his back for another two to three months.

“Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me,” he wrote. “I am concentrating on short-term goals.

“I want to thank my doctors for their great work and support throughout this process. I also want to thank the fans for your phenomenal support. It means more than you know. There’s a long way to go, but as I said, words cannot convey how good it feels to be pain-free.”

Woods hasn’t won a major since 2008, when he won the U.S. Open in sudden death against Rocco Mediate. Shortly after the win, Woods announced he would undergo reconstructive ACL surgery on his left knee and would miss the rest of the PGA Tour season.

This is not Woods’ first high-profile mishap. In November 2009, the golfer was taken to a hospital after he was injured in a car accident in front of his Orlando, Fla., home.

The episode mushroomed into a scandal in the days afterward when it became public that Woods had been unfaithful to his then-wife, Elin Nordegren.

Woods took a break from professional golf and later apologized for having extramarital affairs and for letting down both his fans and his family. Woods and Nordegren were divorced in 2010.

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