Golfer Tiger Woods is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) May 29, 2017 in Jupiter, Fla.
Photo: Hanodut/Palm Beach County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office
Photo: Hanodut/Palm Beach County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office

Tiger Woods: ‘Unexpected reaction’ to meds led to DUI arrest

Golfer Tiger Woods spent Memorial Day morning in a Jupiter, Fla., jail charged with DUI following a traffic stop.

Woods was arrested about 3 a.m., according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He was released on his own recognizance about eight hours later. 

Woods on Monday blamed an unexpected reaction to medication as the reason for his arrest.

The 14-time major championship winner, in a statement, insisted alcohol was not a contributing factor.

“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods, 41, wrote in a statement. “I want the public to now 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.”

Woods, who lives in Jupiter Island, has undergone four surgeries to relieve chronic back pain since 2014. His most recent procedure was in April.

He has not played professionally since February. He has missed three of the last four Masters Tournaments at Augusta National Golf Club.

August 1996 — Tiger Woods wins third straight U.S. Amateur and turns professional the following week. April 1997 — Woods wins the Masters at age 21 with a record score (270) and a record margin of victory (12 shots) to become its youngest champio

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