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Tiger Woods has denied that alcohol was involved in his arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) in the early hours of Monday morning.

The 41-year-old was arrested at around 3am in the Florida town of Jupiter, a short drive from his home in Hobe Sound, and reportedly spent up to eight hours in custody before being released.

“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” said Woods in a statement, before strongly denying the involvement of alcohol.  

“I want the public to know that 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.

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“I would like to apologise with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.

“I fully cooperated with law enforcement, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office for their professionalism.”

Woods’ arrest comes just days after saying in a blog post that he ‘hasn’t felt this good in years’ following a fourth back surgery last month and that he is striving to return to competitive golf.

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