"I feel bad for Tiger", Jack Nicklaus said. That Woods was a new and improved human being since his extramarital sex scandal from hell, a better father and friend, with or without golf in his life. He's been great for the game of golf, and I think he needs all our help. And I wish him well.
"What you are witnessing right now before your very eyes is not just an individual who has fallen from grace, it's an individual that finds it very hard to look himself in the mirror, because he knows he got busted by the entire world for being the liar and the phony that he was at that particular moment in time", Smith said.
"I'm concerned about him", said Steve Stricker, the Presidents Cup captain who chose Woods as one of his assistants.
Tiger Woods had no alcohol in his system when he was arrested for DUI early Monday morning, according to multiple published reports, and the golf legend said in a statement that the incident was the result of an "unexpected reaction to prescribed medications". I hope he gets out of it and I hope he plays golf again.
According to the affidavit, Woods appeared to be on four medications, including the painkiller Vicodin and the anti-inflammatories Torix and Vioxx, although Vioxx was "not taken this year" and was actually withdrawn from the market in 2004.
Woods took a Breathalyzer test, registering 0.000 on it, and a urine test, the report said.
Mark Steinberg, Woods's longtime agent, would not say Monday evening whether the mix of medications Woods cited was related to his back problems.
Woods recently underwent his fourth back surgery in four years. Vicodin is an opioid pain medication. Inside, Palladino found Woods asleep behind the wheel. The vehicle was still running and the right blinker was flashing. "Woods had extremely slow and slurred speech". In the incident report filed by the four officers at the scene, Woods kept dozing off even after his initial contact with police. Both tires on the driver's side were flat, with minor damage to the rims.
In an attempt to tie his shoe, Woods placed his foot on the patrol auto and "nearly lost his balance".
Woods was handcuffed and taken to a police station for breath tests. He was released later on his own recognizance.
He also had failed to follow directions for standing on his leg and touching his finger to his nose, the officer said, and when he was told to recite the alphabet a certain way, Woods responded: "Yes, recite entire national anthem backwards".
Woods is set to make his first court appearance July 5, according to records released Tuesday. He was alone in the auto.
Woods has 79 career victories on the PGA Tour, second only to Sam Snead. Woods had said on his website last week that he would not be able to twist his back for three months because of his surgery.