Saturday 20 January 2018

Tiger Woods arrested for driving under the influence in Florida

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Tiger Woods was arrested for driving under the influence near his home early on Monday morning.

Police in Florida have confirmed that that the 14-time Major champion was taken into custody at around 3am on Military Trail South of Indian Creek Parkway in Jupiter, Florida, where Woods is a resident.

Woods was then released from custody at 10.50am.

Today's news comes just one week after Woods released a statement saying he hopes to one day return to professional golf.

"I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again," he said on his website.

"Presently, I'm not looking ahead. 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."

A timeline of Tiger Woods's career:

December 1994: As a first-year student at Stanford, Woods has surgery to remove two benign tumours and scar tissue in his left knee.

August 1996: Woods wins third straight US Amateur title and turns professional the following week.

October 1996: Woods wins the Las Vegas Invitational for his first PGA Tour victory in his fifth professional start.

April 1997: Woods wins the Masters aged 21 with a record score (270) and a record margin of victory (12 shots) to become its youngest champion.

June 2000: Woods wins the US Open at Pebble Beach by 15 shots, the largest margin in major championship history.

April 2001: Woods wins the Masters to become the only player to hold all four professional majors at the same time.

December 2002: Woods has surgery to remove fluid inside and outside his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee, and to remove benign cysts.

October 2004: Woods marries Elin Nordegren.

June 2007: His wife gives birth to their first child, a daughter Samantha, a day after Woods finishes runner-up in the US Open.

July 2007: Woods ruptures his ACL while running on a golf course after the British Open. He goes on to win five of his next six tournaments, including the PGA Championship.

April 2008: Two days after a runner-up finish at the Masters, Woods has arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage.

May 2008: Woods is advised weeks before the US Open that because of two stress fractures in his left tibia he should expect to be on crutches for three weeks and be out of golf for an additional three weeks.

June 2008: Woods wins the US Open in a playoff at Torrey Pines for his 14th major, four short of the record held by Jack Nicklaus. A week later, he has reconstructive surgery on his left knee to repair the ACL and is out for eight months.

February 2009: His wife gives birth to their son, Charlie.

August 2009: Woods loses a two-shot lead in the final round of the PGA Championship to YE Yang, the first time he has lost a 54-hole lead in a major.

November 2009: Woods crashes his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his home in Windermere, Florida. Over the next few weeks his personal life unravels amid reports of multiple extramarital affairs. He loses major sponsorship endorsements. He spends 45 days in a clinic and does not return to golf until the 2010 Masters.

August 2010: His divorce from Ms Nordegren is finalised.

May 2011: Woods withdraws from The Players Championship after a 42 on the front nine and takes a break of nearly three months.

March 2012: Woods wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational for his first PGA Tour victory since the scandal in his personal life.

August 2013: Woods wins the Bridgestone Invitational for the eighth time, his 79th career victory, leaving him three short of the record held by Sam Snead.

April 2014: Woods has back surgery a week before the Masters and misses Augusta National for the first time.

September 2015: After missing the cut in three of the four majors, Woods has a second back operation and hopes to return in early 2016.

October 2015: Woods has another back operation to relieve discomfort.

December 2016: Woods competes for the first time in 15 months at the unofficial Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. He makes 24 birdies but finishes 15th out of 18 players.

February 2017: Woods shoots 77 in the opening round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and withdraws the next day with back spasms.

April 2017: Woods has his fourth back operation to fuse discs in his lower back.

May 30 2017: Woods is arrested and briefly jailed in Jupiter, Florida, on suspicion of driving under the influence

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