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Jeff Overton will start his 2012 PGA Tour season at the Sony Open next week with his legal troubles behind him.

Just before Christmas, Overton pleaded guilty in Monroe County (Ind.) Circuit Court to disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor, and was ordered to complete 30 hours of community service and pay $165 in court costs.

Overton, 28, of Bloomington, Ind., was arrested Dec. 10 in Bloomington after an incident that started, police said, when Overton shouted at people from the passenger seat of a limousine that blocked traffic in front of a sports bar at about 3 a.m.

When approached by police, Overton refused to cooperate, officers said, and was handcuffed and taken to the Monroe County Jail, where he was released after posting $1,500 bond.

Just hours later, Overton was at center court of his alma mater Indiana University's Assembly Hall during halftime of the basketball game against Kentucky. He presented a $50,000 check to support the Play Golf America University program, a PGA of America initiative designed to teach the game to college students.

Overton, who is in Hawaii preparing for the Sony Open, would not comment when reached via text message.

“It's hard to be too loud before an Indiana-Kentucky game,” Sam Shapiro, Overton's Bloomington-based attorney, told Golfweek on Thursday. “I would have liked to take this case to trial, but Jeff believed it was better for him to get this behind him.”

Overton has earned $8.4 million in six seasons on Tour.

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