Tiger’s tale takes another wrong turn
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.
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.