Veteran golfer Tiger Woods was arrested on a drink-driving charge in Florida in the US on Monday, police said. However, the golfer was released a few hours later, records from Palm Beach County police show, as reported by the BBC. As per the media reports, he was arrested in the town of Jupiter. He has not made any comment.

The police have nabbed him under the charge of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). It specifies an unlawful blood alcohol level and says that he was released on his “own recognisance”, which means he has given assurance in writing that he will co-operate with future legal proceedings.

The 41-year-old golfer has been recovering from recent back surgery and last blogged about his health on May 24. In his blog, he wrote that the surgery had relieved terrible pain and that he hadn’t “felt this good in years”. He said the outlook for a return to competitive golf was “positive” but that he was not in a “hurry”.

“I am willing to play professional golf once again but I am not looking ahead,” he said.

“I am unable to twist for another two and a half or maybe three months. As of now, my sole focus is on rehab and doing what the doctors ask me to do. I am putting my concentration on short-term goals.”

Later on, Woods clarified as he apologised in his statement, “I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too.”

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