Tiger woods is receiving “professional help” after being arrested last last month on DUI charges. The golf pro spoke out about his next steps via Twitter.
“I’m currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder,” Woods, 41, wrote. “I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding especially the fans and players on tour.”
As previously reported, the famous golfer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida on May 29. Woods, who has had multiple back surgeries throughout the years, released a statement the next day.
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said at the time. “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too.”
A statement from the Tiger Woods Foundation announced that Woods will not attend this week’s Quicken Loans National, a stop on the PGA Tour that benefits his foundation. Instead, the golfer is receiving in-patient treatment to help manage medications as he deals with his back and a sleep disorder.
Jack Nicklaus has some very grim predictions about the troubled golfer’s career. “He’ll have a very hard time. I don’t know whether Tiger will play much golf anymore,” said Nicklaus, who won a record 18 major championships.
“He might come back and play — I think it’d be pretty tough for him, after getting fused, and as many problems as he’s had recently. … His problems are more life problems than they are golf problems right now.”
“Whether he plays golf or not, I think he’s got an awful lot to offer the youth of the country and the game itself,” said Nicklaus.
The Quicken Loans National, which tees off Thursday, benefits low-income students in the Tiger Woods Foundation’s college access programs. Though Woods was not expected to play, he had made appearances in past years. To Nicklaus, who raised more than $1.4 million for charity at the Creighton Farms Invitational over the weekend, the impact of the Tiger Woods Foundation says far more than the results Woods has on the PGA Tour.
“Tiger’s a good kid, he cares about people, and we’ll just see what happens,” Nicklaus said.
“I hope he gets his life straightened out with the problems he’s had and be able to lead a normal life, but also use what he has done and his legacy to help a lot of kids and a lot of other people.”
Our prayers are with you, Tiger. Get well soon.