Tiger Woods blames medication for drink-driving arrest and insists alcohol wasn't involved

Woods claims he suffered an adverse reaction to prescription medications

Tiger Woods was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Golfer Tiger Woods insists alcohol had nothing to do with his arrest on Monday - and claims the prescription medications he was taking were to blame.

Woods sent an apology to fans after he was arrested near his home in Jupiter, Florida at 3am local time, and charged with driving under the influence. 

In his statement, the 41-year-old said: "I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions." However he insisted "alcohol was not involved.

"What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn't realise the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.

"I would like to apologise with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too."

A police mugshot of Woods, unshaven and with heavy bags under his eyes, has gone viral as the world reacts to the golf superstar's arrest.

Woods has won 14 major titles during his glittering 20-year-career, but has slipped down the rankings in recent years and been overtaken by younger players such as Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. He currently stands a lowly 876th in the world rankings after several disappointing tournament performances.