Saturday 24 March 2018

Woods goes to rehab in bid to keep his children

A police mugshot taken after Woods was found asleep in his car
A police mugshot taken after Woods was found asleep in his car

Harriet Alexander

Tiger Woods has checked himself into rehab for addiction to prescription painkillers as he attempts to avoid losing custody of his two children.

Woods (41) was arrested in the early hours of May 29, slumped at the wheel of his car, with the engine running, near his Florida home.

He was described by police as "very dopey" and struggling to keep his eyes open, walk or speak.

Woods tested negative for alcohol but told police that he had taken the sedative medication Xanax and later admitted at a testing facility that he was also taking the powerful painkiller Vicodin.

He issued a statement apologising for his behaviour and promising that he would seek treatment.

The former world number one golfer had surgery on his back earlier in the year and is struggling to recover.

In a bid to retain joint custody of his daughter Sam (9) and son Charlie (8), Woods has now reportedly agreed to attend a 28-day course of treatment at a centre near his Jupiter home.

"Tiger visited the hospital with his children on June 2, then went alone two days later to complete paperwork and his assessment," a source told gossip site Radar Online.

The site reported that the rehab was to avoid triggering a clause in his custody agreement with Elin Nordgren, his ex-wife, which states that he could face losing the 20pc custody he currently has if he is "caught up in a scandal".

The site reported that he had booked out the entire male inpatient wing of the facility.

Jupiter Medical Centre did not respond to requests for comment.

Woods has been in rehab before. In 2010, he entered The Meadows treatment centre in Wickburg, Arizona, to battle addictions to both Vicodin and the sleeping medication Ambien.

He had previously been treated for the condition of sex addiction, spending six weeks at the Gentle Path centre in Mississippi.

Woods was forced into treatment after his affair with a New York City nightclub hostess had been exposed in late 2009 - leading to a procession of mistresses to come forward.

Woods's representatives did not respond to requests for comment yesterday. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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