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Tiger Woods Claims DUI Wasn't Alcohol-Related

Pro golfer Tiger Woods was arrested on a charge of DUI on May 29 in Jupiter, Florida.

He blamed his intoxicated state on an "unexpected reaction" to his medication, reports the Daily Mail.

In a public statement, the golfing great explained:

I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions. I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again. I fully cooperated with law enforcement, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office for their professionalism.

Woods has reportedly been recovering from recent back surgery, but it is unknown whether the medications in question are related to that.

The 41-year-old was described as "arrogant" by the arresting officers and reportedly refused to take a breathalyzer test when stopped, reports TMZ. He was allegedly driving "erratically, all over the road" in his 2015 Mercedes-Benz.

Woods was arrested after refusing to take the test, which is automatic grounds for arrest in Florida. He subsequently spent over seven hours in Palm Beach County Jail before being released.

He faces a charge of driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. Police have yet to specify which or both, though more details are set to be released on May 30, according to Jupiter Police Department spokesperson Kristin Rightler.

It is not the first time that Woods has been caught driving under the influence. In November 2009, he crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant, a tree, and several hedges.  However, he wasn't charged in that incident.

Woods' golfing career has never been the same since a 2009 sex scandal ruined his squeaky-clean image, and many of his lucrative endorsements dried up.

Widely considered to be the greatest golfer of all time, he has dropped to 876th in the world rankings after years of injury problems and has not played in any of the major tournaments for the past two years.

Sources: Daily Mail, TMZ / Photo credit: Tour Pro Golf Clubs/Flickr

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