Tiger Woods was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of DUI near his home in Florida, according to a report of Palm Beach County Police.

According to a police spokeswoman the arrest report charges Woods with DUI-unlawful blood alcohol/DUI alcohol or drugs. He was released on his own recognizance at 10:50 a.m. ET after being in jail for several hours and being booked at 7:18 a.m.

The winner of 14 major championships, Woods, since undergoing back surgery on April 19, made his first public comments via his website – a fusion in his lower back does not permit any strenuous physical activity for months, thus, he will miss the rest of the 2017 season.

Woods made it clear that he intends to return to professional golf and also wrote:

  • “Presently, 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.”
  • “It was instant nerve relief and I haven’t felt this good in years.”
  • “The long-term prognosis is positive,” Woods said. “My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful. It’s just a matter of not screwing up and letting it fuse. I’m walking and doing my exercises, and taking my kids to and from school. All I can do is take it day by day. There’s no hurry.
  • “But, I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.”

Woods last tournament victory was at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational 2013. At the 2008 U.S. Open he won the last of his 14 major titles. Since his victory, Woods has missed more than eight months because of surgery on his left knee. And then his absence from the circuit continued due family problems which lead to a divorce from his wife.


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