Was Tiger Woods drunk driving? A look at his past DUI arrest, controversies and an indefinite future in golf

Law enforcement sources confirmed that Woods was driving 'at a high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle'

                            Was Tiger Woods drunk driving? A look at his past DUI arrest, controversies and an indefinite future in golf
Tiger Woods is recovering from a car accident (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods is currently recovering from a car accident during which he is said to have sustained major injuries. According to reports, the golf player underwent surgery for non-life-threatening injuries including “compound” fractures. On February 23, Woods was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard near Blackhorse Road, when the single-occupant vehicle collided. He was immediately rushed to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center by an ambulance. 

Los Angeles County Sherrif’s Department described the accident as a "single vehicle roll-over traffic collision” in Ranchos Palos Verdes, California. Sources from Law enforcement reportedly confirmed with Los Angeles Times that Woods was driving “at a high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle before crossing the centre divider”. However, a significant number of social media users are actively discussing the possible causes of Woods's accident, with many suggesting he could have been “drunk” at the time of the accident. 


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A sign for the Genesis Invitational golf tournament is seen on the door of the car that golf legend Tiger Woods was driving when seriously injured in a rollover accident on February 23, 2021 in Rolling Hills Estates, California (Getty Images)

Was Tiger Woods drunk driving?

Woods’s latest accident is being scrutinized by the media and people owing to his infamous past. As the police department is yet to determine the cause of the incident, people are wondering if the Master’s champion was, in fact, under the influence of any substance. But police sources have revealed that Woods was not drunk when his vehicle toppled. An insider reportedly told TMZ Sports that “they do not believe alcohol was involved but they did not say whether any other substance was possibly involved". 

One user tweeted, "yeah nothing more important in the world than this drunk/drug user Tiger Woods getting 6 hours of straight news. I guess everyone has forgotten about his last “single car” accident in Florida. @msnbc @CNN @LASDHQ too stupid to draw blood on this accident! #drugrehab." Another added, "tiger woods was in a car accident today. He was probably DRUNK. They said that he is still alive,×":%'^!..." One asked, "How drunk do you think Tiger Woods was when he rolled his car?"




Tiger Woods (Getty Images)

Woods's 2017 DUI arrest 

In 2017, Woods was taken into custody near his Florida home by Jupiter Police Department for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He was reportedly found stationary in his car, with its engine running, and later explained that he was on "prescription drugs". In an arraignment in August, Woods's attorney Douglas Duncan submitted a not guilty plea for the player and took part in the first-time DUI offender program. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving in October 2017 and was fined $250 along with 30 hours of community service. 

In November 2009, Woods collided with a fire hydrant, tree and several hedges while driving from his Florida mansion. He received a ticket for careless driving and took sole responsibility for the accident. 

Tiger Woods (Getty Images)

The infidelity scandal

Woods made headlines in 2009 for all the wrong reasons when multiple women spoke up about their alleged affairs with him. He got dragged into the scandal following reports regarding his alleged extramarital affair with New York nightclub manager Rachel Uchitel, who denied the claim. He was married to his former wife Elin Nordegren at the time. 

On December 11, he released a statement admitting to infidelity and announced that he would be taking "an indefinite break from professional golf". Following the allegations against Woods, multiple brands ended their sponsorship deals with him, including Accenture, AT&T, Gatorade and General Motors. Golf Digest even suspended Wood's monthly column.

Tiger Woods (Getty Images)

Will Woods play golf again?

During an interview with Jim Nantz on the CBS broadcast, Woods hinted that he might be able to participate in April's Mater Tournament as he was still recovering from his back surgery. He said, "A lot of it is based on my surgeons and my doctors and my therapists and making sure that I do it correctly. This is the only back I got, so I don't have much more wiggle room left here."

The same issue had kept him from participating in the 2016 and 2017 championships. But he returned in 2018 and ultimately won in 2019. It remains to be seen if the injuries from the latest accident would yet again stall his participation in the next tournament. 

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