Tiger’s tale takes an­other wrong turn

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DANIEL VIC­TOR

Tiger Woods, whose dom­i­nance in golf gave way sev­eral years ago to mis­steps and mis­for­tune away from the course, was charged with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence early Mon­day.

Woods was taken into cus­tody at 3 a.m. in Jupiter, Fla., ac­cord­ing to WPTV-TV. He was booked at 7:18 a.m. and re­leased at 10:50 a.m., ac­cord­ing to Palm Beach County Jail records.

Woods, 41, who lives and owns a res­tau­rant in Jupiter, has won 14 ma­jor cham­pi­onships and has more than $100 mil­lion in ca­reer earn­ings from golf com­pe­ti­tions alone. But he has been trou­bled by in­juries in re­cent years.

Af­ter 16 months off be­cause of back prob­lems, he re­turned in De­cem­ber. He fin­ished 15th out of 17 golfers at the unofficial Hero World Chal­lenge, then failed to make the cut at the Farm­ers In­sur­ance Open in Jan­uary. He with­drew from the Dubai Desert Classic in Fe­bru­ary be­cause of back spasms af­ter shoot­ing an open­inground 77 and has not played since.

In April, he had a fourth back op­er­a­tion, which was ex­pected to keep him off the course for six months. Last week, he wrote on his web­site that he in­tended to play pro­fes­sion­ally again and that he “could no longer live with the pain” he had be­fore the surgery.

“It is hard to ex­press how much bet­ter I feel,” he wrote. “It was in­stant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years.”

Woods en­joyed a clean pub­lic image un­til 2009, when he was cited with care­less driv­ing af­ter he crashed his car into a fire hy­drant and tree out­side his home over Thanks­giv­ing week­end. There was no in­di­ca­tion that al­co­hol was a fac­tor in the crash.

“I’m hu­man and I’m not per­fect,” he said at the time.

The episode led to the sur­fac­ing of mar­i­tal in­fi­deli­ties, for which he apol­o­gized in Fe­bru­ary 2010. He went to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion af­ter the ac­ci­dent, re­port­edly for sex ad­dic­tion. He and his wife, Elin Norde­gren, di­vorced later that year.

Woods has not won a tour­na­ment since Au­gust 2013. He has not claimed a ma­jor ti­tle since the 2008 U.S. Open, when it seemed as if he would eas­ily reach Jack Nick­laus’ record of 18.

From 1998 to 2010, Woods spent nearly ev­ery week at No. 1. He is now ranked 876th.

GETTY IMAGES

In this photo pro­vided by The Palm Beach County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Tiger Woods is seen in a po­lice book­ing photo af­ter his ar­rest on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence Mon­day in Jupiter, Fla.

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