Tiger Woods was arrested early this morning on charges of driving under the influence according to a report from CNN. The 41-year-old golfing icon lives in Jupiter Island, Florida. Information on Tiger’s arrest came from the Palm County Sheriff’s Department. Records indicate that he was picked up during a traffic stop about 3 a.m. on Monday on Military Trail, which is just south of Indian Creek Parkway. It is unknown at this time whether Woods tested positive for alcohol or for drugs or whether he was the only person in the 2015 Mercedes he was driving. He was released on his own recognizance about 10:30 a.m.
In February, Woods withdrew from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, citing back problems. This was followed by withdrawals from the Honda Classic and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. In early April he pulled out of the Masters. On April Tiger underwent fusion surgery, his fourth back surgery. Although he has not played since then, Tiger has been in rehab and last week stated on his website on Wednesday that he will be returning to the game.
“As for returning to competitive golf, the long-term prognosis is positive. 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.”
Tiger Woods has faced a series of struggles in his career as a professional golfer. There was a time that many believed he would break jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships, but back problems as well as issues in his personal life have plagued Woods for several years now.
His last major win was in 2008, which was followed by surgery on his ACL. He had six wins the following year and fell among the top 10, but he didn’t seem up to his previous performance levels. At the end of 2009, Tiger was involved in a car accident that began a scandal that wreaked havoc on his reputation and his career.
On Thanksgiving Day of 2009, Tiger Woods crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and a tree outside his home. He suffered some minor injuries, but the real harm came soon after the car accident when news of a nearly three year extramarital affair with a nightclub waitress emerged. The waitress was the first of several women who eventually came forward and alleged that they also had affairs with Woods during his marriage to Elin Nordegren.
Tiger announced a break from golf at the time and entered rehab for sex addiction. The scandal resulted in him losing several of his sponsorships.
Over the next several years, Woods cited a variety of injuries including ACL and MCL strains, a pinched nerve, and multiple back issues when he pulled out of a string of competitions.
On his website last week, Tiger expressed how excited he was about the results of his latest surgery. He said that the nerve pain was gone and that he felt better than he had for a very long time. He also indicated that he was not supposed to twist his body for another two-and-a-half to three months and that he was focusing on rehab at this time.
According to his website, Tigerwoods.com, he has 105 wins worldwide and 14 majors. He is also founder and CEO of TGR, which is comprised of multiple companies and charitable organizations. Tiger Woods has won 79 PGA tours and in 2001 became the first golfer to hold all four professional major championships at once. The PGA Tour has stated that they will not comment on Woods’ arrest.
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