Tiger Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving in a Florida courtroom on Oct. 27 as part of a plea deal that will keep him out of jail following a Memorial Day arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Woods, who wore a sportcoat, T-shirt and sunglasses in the Palm Beach Gardens courtroom, was given a one-year probation term and is required to pay a $250 fine. Woods will also enter a diversion program for first-time DUI offenders and need to perform 50 hours of community service.
The 14-time major champion was spotted by Jupiter police officers on May 29 at 3 a.m. asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz, which showed fresh damage indicating Woods has veered off the road. The engine of the car was running. Woods didn’t know where he was, and he was driving away from both his home and Jupiter-area restaurant. Officers removed Woods from the car and performed a variety of field sobriety tests, which Woods failed. Woods indicated he had taken a variety of prescription medication, including painkillers and anti-anxiety pills. A toxicology report later showed other drugs and substance in Woods’ system, including synthetic marijuana, Ambien and hydromorphone.
Woods later completed an out-of-state private program to deal with his prescription load.
Woods has been sharing Twitter videos of making progress toward a potential return to competitive golf, just some six months after undergoing spinal fusion surgery in April.