A tough year for Tiger Woods got even tougher this Memorial Day weekend, as the world’s former No. 1 golfer was arrested for DUI early Monday morning in Jupiter, Fla.
Woods, who lives on Jupiter Island, was taken into custody by Palm Beach County sheriffs at 3 a.m. on Military Trail South of Indian Creek Parkway, WPTV reports.
He was released on his own recognizance at 10:50 a.m. on Monday.
Update: Woods issued a statement Sunday that said he was not drunk, instead affected by prescription medicine. “I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods said, via the Associated Press. “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.”
The DUI is the latest episode in Woods’ epic fall from grace.
We mentioned at the top of this article that this has been a tough year for Tiger, but the reality is most years have been tough for him, since, oh, 2008. That’s the last year in which he won a major – the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
Thanksgiving night the following year, 2009, is when Woods’ wife Elin found out he was cheating on her and chased him with a golf club, before he got into his car, crashed it into a fire hydrant and ended up in the hospital.
Woods’ once juggernaut of career has been in shambles ever since. His most recent comeback attempt, which came this year, was cut off nearly immediately. He injured his back again and in April, underwent his fourth back surgery since 2014.
Just last week, he wrote on his website that he is trying to get back to playing competitive golf again – someday. That day is still months away, however.
“Presently, I’m not looking ahead,” Woods wrote. “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.”
He now has something else to focus on and a new short-term goal: getting out of this DUI mess.