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Tiger Woods 'receiving professional help' to manage medications

Golfer's admission comes weeks after Memorial Day DUI arrest in Jupiter

JUPITER, Fla. – Tiger Woods said Monday that he's "receiving professional help" to manage medication for back pain and a sleep disorder.

The golfer's admission comes three weeks after he was arrested in Jupiter on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Woods, 41, was arrested on Memorial Day, later saying that he had an "unexpected reaction" to prescription medication.

The 14-time major champion, who is recovering from a fourth back operation since April 2014, released a statement Monday on Twitter.

"I'm currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and sleep disorder," Woods said. "I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding, especially the fans and players on tour."

According to an arrest report, Woods was found May 29 asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz, which was stopped in a bicycle lane in the southbound lanes of Military Trail, just south of Indian Creek Parkway, when officers arrived shortly after 2 a.m.

The car's driver's side tires were flat, the rear passenger taillight was out and there was minor damage to the bumpers.

Police said Woods "was extremely slow to answer questions, had slurred and mumbled speech," and showed signs of being impaired.

According to the report, Woods told police he was coming from Los Angeles and was on his way to Orange County, California. Woods later said he was coming from Jupiter.

Police said Woods told officers he didn't have anything to drink and hadn't taken any illegal drugs.

The Palm Beach Post obtained an un-redacted arrest report that said Woods told officers that he had taken medication that were prescribed to him, including Xanax and Vicodin.

Police said Woods took two breath tests -- each recording 0.000 percent -- and provided a urine sample.

Woods has had numerous injuries over the years. Days before his arrest, he had said in a statement that "it's hard to express how much better I feel" since fusion surgery on his back.

He has not played competitively since he was forced to pull out of the Dubai Desert Classic in February and has not won a tournament since 2013, while his major drought goes back to 2008.


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