Tiger Woods arrested on DUI charge

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Tiger Woods arrested on DUI charge

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Tiger Woods arrested on DUI charge

The Tiger Woods saga has taken a terrible turn.

Woods was arrested near his home early Monday morning in Jupiter, Fla., on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to online jail records.

Woods was booked into the Palm Beach County jail at 7:18 a.m. Eastern on Monday after being arrested by police in Jupiter, Fla. He was released on his own recognizance at 10:50 a.m.

In a statement issued Monday night, Woods said alcohol was not involved in his arrest.

“What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly,” Woods said in the statement, posted by USA TODAY’s Steve DiMeglio.

Woods reportedly refused to take a breath test and was “arrogant” at the time of his arrest. In Florida, refusing to take a breath test results in an automatic suspension of one’s driver’s license.

Police are expected to release dashcam footage of the incident Tuesday, the Daily Mail reports. Woods also faces the potential loss of millions in endorsement deals. He currently earns about $45.5 million in sponsorship money.

Woods, a Jupiter Island resident, was originally taken into custody at 3 a.m. on Military Trail South of Indian Creek Parkway.

The mugshot of Woods has been released, too:

This arrest news comes less than a week after the 14-time major champion’s latest public comments.

Woods, 41, shared via his website Wednesday that he had been feeling better since undergoing fusion surgery on his back April 19 – his fourth procedure to his back in the last three years.

Woods had said in the post that he hadn’t “felt this good in years.”

The idea that Woods would retire from professional golf was addressed , as the 41-year-old said “unequivocally” he wanted to competed in pro golf again.

“It has been just over a month since I underwent fusion surgery on my back, and it is hard to express how much better I feel,” Woods said in his May 24 website post. “It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years.”

When Woods announced his fusion surgery last month, the prognosis was that he would likely miss at least six months of action. Essentially, the surgery would keep him out for the remainder of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.

After a strong performance in his return to golf last December, Woods missed the cut in his official PGA Tour return at January’s Farmers Insurance Open.

Woods then withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 after an opening-round 77. The 41-year-old has missed plenty of time in recent years due to back issues.

Two back surgeries in the fall of 2015 knocked him out of competition indefinitely – for 16 months, in fact.

Woods has won 79 times on the PGA Tour but hasn’t captured a victory since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He won the last of his 14 majors at the 2008 U.S. Open.

The issues for Woods go back to November 26, 2009. In that early morning, Woods was involved in a car accident near his home. What broke after was a series of extramarital affairs for Woods that led to a four-month absence from the game and a divorce from wife, Elin.

Woods would struggle in the coming years before winning three times on the PGA Tour in 2012, posting five more in 2013 and returning to No. 1 in the world. The injury bug has hit since, though.

Woods has finished just a dozen events since the beginning of 2015 and dropped to No. 876 in the world.

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