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Tiger Woods arrested on DUI charge in Florida

By Frank Pingue

REUTERS

 

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Tiger Eldrick Woods appears in a booking photo released by Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., May 29, 2017. Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS

 

(Reuters) - Former world No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods was arrested in South Florida early on Monday on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to an online Palm Beach County Police report.

 

Woods, who is second on the all-time list with 14 major titles, was booked at 7:18 a.m. (1118 GMT) and released several hours later on his own recognizance, the report showed.

 

Representatives for the 41-year-old American were not immediately available when asked by Reuters to comment.

 

Woods, who is currently sidelined from competition after having his fourth back surgery in April, said last week that he felt better than he had in years and had no plans to retire from competitive golf.

 

"Presently, I'm not looking ahead," Woods wrote on his website.

 

"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."

 

This is not the first time Woods has made headlines away from the golf course. His private life unravelled in late 2009 over allegations about affairs with several women and ultimately led to the end of his marriage.

 

Those allegations followed a bizarre early morning car accident outside his Florida home that rapidly ballooned into a fully-fledged sex scandal which turned his previously unblemished life and career upside down.

 

The scandal ultimately cost Woods a number of lucrative endorsement deals, while other sponsors shifted away from using him in marketing but did not end their contracts with him.

 

Woods, whose current sponsors include Nike, Bridgestone, Hero, Kowa, Upper Deck, and Monster Energy was ranked 12th on Forbes' list of the highest-paid athletes in 2016, with total earnings of $45.3 million, despite missing much of the year recovering from back surgery.

 

A 79-time winner on the PGA Tour who was world No. 1 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.

 

He has competed in only 19 events on the PGA Tour since the end of 2013, recording just one top-10 during that period along with seven missed cuts and three withdrawals.

 

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Additional reporting by Frank McGurty in New York; Editing by Ed Osmond and Nick Zieminski)

 
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1 hour ago, Andaman Al said:

It's a pity looking at his photo. This guy had the world at his feet but all the real life stuff got in the way.

The guy is still mega rich, so I wouldn't say his life is going down the toilet.  Hey, stuff happens. 

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On 5/30/2017 at 11:04 AM, Scott said:

He is saying that alcohol wasn't involved; that it was related to an interaction of prescription drugs.  

 

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/tiger-woods-speaks-dui-arrest-unexpected-reaction-prescribed-medication-000638898.html

 

Yeah... Lots of people having a bad reaction to prescription drugs get stopped for driving all over the road at Three O'Clock In The Morning with a smell of alcohol on their breath.  And he refused to blow into the police officer's breathalyzer.  Yup, it was the legally prescribed drugs that did it. 

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2 hours ago, Berkshire said:

The guy is still mega rich, so I wouldn't say his life is going down the toilet.  Hey, stuff happens. 

Mega rich sounds nice but it can't buy you some of the critical things in life. It can't buy a close warm family or the real unswerving love of your spouse and children. Money helps for sure, but Woods has just as much crap in his personal life these days as the mega poor, it's just money helps him ignore it a bit more.

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2 hours ago, Scott said:

He is saying that alcohol wasn't involved; that it was related to an interaction of prescription drugs.  

 

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/tiger-woods-speaks-dui-arrest-unexpected-reaction-prescribed-medication-000638898.html

 

 

$5 says next week he'll be checking himself into Betty Ford for pain killer addiction.

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12 minutes ago, Rob13 said:

 

$5 says next week he'll be checking himself into Betty Ford for pain killer addiction.

That would be quite a hassle just to beat a DUI. He should just plea no contest and pay the fine. I guess unless he has to do it to save some of his endorsements. That's the only way it would be worth doing it. 

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23 minutes ago, Andaman Al said:

Mega rich sounds nice but it can't buy you some of the critical things in life. It can't buy a close warm family or the real unswerving love of your spouse and children. Money helps for sure, but Woods has just as much crap in his personal life these days as the mega poor, it's just money helps him ignore it a bit more.

I don't know much about the guy's personal life, but getting a divorce doesn't equate to a lifetime of misery.  Thailand is littered with divorced expats and they're largely doing just fine.  I have seen TW with his kids and they seem to still be a large part of his life (http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/tiger-woods-opens-up-about-his-kids-with-ex-elin-nordegren-w472969).  As for the money, it just means the guy doesn't have to be alone unless he chooses to be.  Maybe he should join ThaiCupid. 

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When that incident happened with his wife, I said his career was basically over. He never had any mojo after that. It was all gone. The swagger disappeared. Had he done what many other professional athletes, movie stars, and famous people do, this never would have happened. All he needed to do was to spend $300,000 a year on a hooker budget. He could have had the finest escorts, in any city he visited, and had absolute discretion, with no threat to the well being of his family, his sponsors, or his career. But no, instead he decided that he could pick up TGI Friday hostesses, and get away with it. I am told he promised them the world, flew them around on his private jet, then dumped them after a few weeks. 

 

I have a friend who knows Tiger. He says he is basically a nice guy (if you overlook the way he treated these gals he wined and dined and dumped), but the cheapest man he has ever known. He said the reason he is not more careful, or discreet, is due to how pathologically cheap he is. He refuses to pay for it. He will barely leave a tip, for a $1,000 meal with friends. So, instead of paying out $3 million, over the course of ten years, he has paid out $250 million for a divorce settlement, and lost over a billion dollars in endorsements. Smart. What can one day about this guy?

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1 hour ago, spidermike007 said:

When that incident happened with his wife, I said his career was basically over. He never had any mojo after that. It was all gone. The swagger disappeared. Had he done what many other professional athletes, movie stars, and famous people do, this never would have happened. All he needed to do was to spend $300,000 a year on a hooker budget. He could have had the finest escorts, in any city he visited, and had absolute discretion, with no threat to the well being of his family, his sponsors, or his career. But no, instead he decided that he could pick up TGI Friday hostesses, and get away with it. I am told he promised them the world, flew them around on his private jet, then dumped them after a few weeks. 

 

I have a friend who knows Tiger. He says he is basically a nice guy (if you overlook the way he treated these gals he wined and dined and dumped), but the cheapest man he has ever known. He said the reason he is not more careful, or discreet, is due to how pathologically cheap he is. He refuses to pay for it. He will barely leave a tip, for a $1,000 meal with friends. So, instead of paying out $3 million, over the course of ten years, he has paid out $250 million for a divorce settlement, and lost over a billion dollars in endorsements. Smart. What can one day about this guy?

 

his wife just had to last to 10 years to get a life time payout. amazingly enough she managed to just make  to 10 years. have to wonder how many girls he had over those 10 years.

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4 minutes ago, williamgeorgeallen said:

 

his wife just had to last to 10 years to get a life time payout. amazingly enough she managed to just make  to 10 years. have to wonder how many girls he had over those 10 years.

 

At even just new one per week, that would be about 520. But, that is not important. What is important here, for all men with these predilections to understand, is that there is a way to do this right, and there is a way to do this altogether wrong. Just look at Tiger. He is now the new model for doing things wrong. For being stupid. For being ignorant, callous, dumb, thick headed, and for not taking anyone's advice. He could have easily avoided this, as I stated in my previous post. Easily. Without sacrificing anything. Maybe he wanted this to happen?

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6 hours ago, kotsak said:

He should have accepted that Thai passport he was offered and stayed here.. DUI? Scoff..

When he first played here in The Johnny Walker Thai Open.Every body here was so up that he was half Thai.When he won his income from his sponsors at that time was more for that week then his winners check.He could have gave his mother so much FACE if he had donated that check to a Thai Charity like so many UK and American golfers had done in other countries but ,no the selfish bastard kept it showing that he has no idea about his mother's home country or its traditions.

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1 minute ago, spidermike007 said:

 

At even just new one per week, that would be about 520. But, that is not important. What is important here, for all men with these predilections to understand, is that there is a way to do this right, and there is a way to do this altogether wrong. Just look at Tiger. He is now the new model for doing things wrong. For being stupid. For being ignorant, callous, dumb, thick headed, and for not taking anyone's advice. He could have easily avoided this, as I stated in my previous post. Easily. Without sacrificing anything. Maybe he wanted this to happen?

it is possible he got so confident that he though his wife would stay with him for the good of his kids he thought he could just do what he wanted. 

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2 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

When that incident happened with his wife, I said his career was basically over. He never had any mojo after that. It was all gone. The swagger disappeared.

Well, not exactly.  Woods did make a miraculous comeback after divorcing his wife.  In 2013, he won like 5 times, returned to number 1, and won Player of the Year.  It wasn't what happened with his wife that killed his career, it was injuries.  He may or may not return at this point, but it's going to be entirely about that frail body of his. 

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3 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

 All he needed to do was to spend $300,000 a year on a hooker budget. He could have had the finest escorts, in any city he visited, and had absolute discretion, with no threat to the well being of his family, his sponsors, or his career.

 

I have a friend who knows Tiger. He says he is basically a nice guy (if you overlook the way he treated these gals he wined and dined and dumped), but the cheapest man he has ever known. He said the reason he is not more careful, or discreet, is due to how pathologically cheap he is. He refuses to pay for it. He will barely leave a tip, for a $1,000 meal with friends. So, instead of paying out $3 million, over the course of ten years, he has paid out $250 million for a divorce settlement, and lost over a billion dollars in endorsements. Smart. What can one day about this guy?

I have read about the cheap charlie allegations. I've also read that he is surprisingly well-liked in the locker-room.

 

Somebody, or many somebodies, must have told him to do exactly what you have said. It's the "professional" way to handle these desires.

 

But.. I have known men less wealthy who make the same mistake. They want to feel admired and attractive. Dare I say it, even loved. This is so definitely not the way to do it when you have a wife and children. And a high, very high, profile.

 

A very expensive life lesson...

 

All that money and he doesn't have a driver/bodyguard?

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4 hours ago, Rob13 said:

 

$5 says next week he'll be checking himself into Betty Ford for pain killer addiction.

I just don't know a lot of people who get up, take medication and then go for a drive at 3:00 a.m. .   It sounds suspicious.  

 

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