30 May 2017

Tiger Woods arrested on drink drive charge

6:09 am on 30 May 2017

Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods has been arrested on drink-driving charge in Florida, police say.

This photo released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office shows Tiger Woods following his arrest.

This photo released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office shows Tiger Woods following his arrest. Photo: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office / AFP

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's office has released little other detail at this stage.

Local media report Woods was taken into custody at about 3am near his Jupiter Island home and released hours later, to appear in court at a later date.

Woods, second on the all-time list with 14 major titles, is currently sidelined from competition after having his fourth back surgery in April.

Last week, he said he felt better than he had in years and had no plans to retire from competitive golf. "Presently, I'm not looking ahead," Woods, 41, wrote on his website."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."

This is not the first time Woods has made headlines away from the golf course. His private life unravelled in late 2009 over allegations about affairs with several women and ultimately led to the end of his marriage.

Those allegations followed a bizarre early morning car accident outside his Florida home that rapidly ballooned into a fully-fledged sex scandal which turned his previously unblemished life and career upside down.

- BBC / Reuters

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