Legendary golfer Tiger Woods was arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Florida early in the morning on Memorial Day, police said.
Woods, a Jupiter resident, was taken into custody at 3 a.m. Monday, according to WPTV. The golfer was booked into a county jail under his birth name Eldrick Woods, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s website.
Woods was charged with DUI and released on his own recognizance about 10:50 a.m.
The arrest occurred about 3 a.m. during a traffic stop off Military Trail, just south of Indian Creek Parkway, according to Jupiter police spokesperson Kristin Rightler.
Rightler said she didn’t know where Woods was coming from or going to in the vehicle and that the arrest report should be available Tuesday. No further information was available Monday afternoon from the Jupiter Police Department.
Woods was reportedly driving a 2015 Mercedes. Cops called a tow yard to store the vehicle but then cancelled the call. Someone involved tells us a person in Woods’ camp retrieved the vehicle, TMZ reports.
A.J. Perez at USA Today reports that Woods, 41, has struggled in recent years with a bad back. He had fusion surgery on his back on April 19 – his fourth procedure to his back since April of 2014 – and will not play on the PGA Tour this season.
The 14-time major champion and winner of 79 PGA Tour titles has not played since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 after an opening-round 77. He’s only made three worldwide starts the past two years.
He wrote in a statement on his web site last week that he remains committed to playing competitive golf.
“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,” Woods wrote. “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. 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’s not the first time Woods has made headlines for his actions off the golf course. In November 2009, Tiger and then wife Elin Nordegren got into their blowout fight back in 2009, he hit a tree while allegedly driving under the influence of Ambien. He was not charged with DUI at the time.
That led to revelations of his extra-marital affairs. He publicly apologized in February 2010 and took four months off from playing competitive golf and went to rehab.