Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Sport | By Charlene Craig

Tiger Woods asleep at wheel of car before Florida arrest


Smith had some choice words for Tiger Woods following the golfer's DUI arrest Monday.

"I feel bad for Tiger", Jack Nicklaus said.

In this December 4, 2016, file photo, Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament in Nassau, Bahamas. He's been great for the game of golf, and I think he needs all our help. "I wish him well".

The report said Woods was "extremely sleepy", and the officer observed it was hard for Woods to keep his eyes open and to walk.

"I'm concerned about him", said Steve Stricker, the Presidents Cup captain who chose Woods as one of his assistants.

According to the report, Woods was confused and asked how far he was from his Hobe Sound home.

The golf superstar, who issued a statement on Monday saying alcohol was not involved in the incident, needed to be woken by a police officer, his arrest report showed.

In a statement to CNN and other media outlets, Woods, rehabbing from back surgery, said he did not realize the mix of medications "had affected me so strongly".

The police report said that during his interaction with the arresting officer, Woods "changed his story of where he was going and where he was coming from".

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Police discovered Woods buckled into his 2015 vehicle, which was running with the brake lights and right turn signal flashing, on Military Trail south of Indian Creek Parkway.

Woods has had four back surgeries since 2014, the latest in April.

"When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long", he said. Torix and Vioxx are anti-inflammatory medications; Vicodin a painkiller. Inside, Palladino found Woods asleep behind the wheel. Woods moved slowly, Palladino wrote in his report, but eventually got the auto in park and opened the window.

This comes after Woods had been in police custody for about eight hours. Both drivers side tires were flat along with minor damage to both respective rims. Woods, 41, blamed the incident on medications.

In an attempt to tie his shoe, Woods placed his foot on the patrol vehicle and "nearly lost his balance". A breathalyzer test registered.000 and toxicology results, as well as those from a urine test, were not yet available. He would be released without bond and under his own power at 10:50 am.

He was cited for DUI and improper parking, and records said there was no crash or damage to any property.

His first court appearance is on July 5. He was alone in the auto.

A 79-time victor on the PGA Tour who was world number one for a record 683 weeks, Woods lost form in recent years due to injuries and the mastering of a new swing while his ranking has plummeted to 876 after his long spell on the sidelines.

Last week, he wrote on his website that the fusion surgery had given him instant relief from pain - and said he hadn't felt so good for years.

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