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Tiger Woods says he’s getting help managing medications following DUI arrest

In this Monday, May 29, 2017, image made

In this Monday, May 29, 2017, image made from a surveillance video provided by the Jupiter Police Department, Tiger Woods stands in Palm Beach County jail following his DUI arrest in Palm Beach County, Florida. Credit: Jupiter Police Department via AP

Tiger Woods is receiving professional help for his use of medications as well as pain management and a sleep disorder, he said in a Twitter post on Monday night. He did not elaborate on where he is getting the treatment or if it is in a rehabilitation facility, but it did address issues that appeared to surface when he was arrested for driving under the influence after 2 a.m. on Memorial Day.

At the time, Woods issued a statement that alcohol was not involved, a claim substantiated by breathalyzer test results released by police. He added that he had experienced a reaction from prescription medicines. Videos showed Woods to be groggy and disoriented when he was arrested and taken into custody after police found him asleep in his car on a road near his Jupiter, Fla., home. Days earlier, he said in a post on his website that he felt as good as he has felt in years, due to the success of his latest back surgery.

“I’m currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder,” he said in the post Monday night, a day after the U.S. Open that drew low television ratings in part because of his absence. “I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding, especially the fans and players on tour.”

Woods is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 9.


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