PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 27: Golfer Tiger Woods makes his way into a North County Courthouse courtroom in Palm Beach Gardens Friday October 27, 2017 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Woods plead guilty to a second-degree misdemeanor reckless driving charge. (Photo by Carline Jean-Pool/Getty Images)
By Christopher Powers
The news surrounding Tiger Woods of late has been mostly positive, as he continues to update the golf world on his progress in making a return to the PGA Tour. On Friday, the latest update on his situation had little to do with his potential comeback, as Woods plead guilty to a charge of reckless driving during a hearing in a Palm Beach County, Florida courthouse.
The 14-time major champion agreed to enter a pre-trial diversion program, which requires him to attend a DUI school, a DUI workshop, pay a $250 fine, and complete 50 hours of community service. If he completes the program, the state will drop the DUI charge to the lesser, reckless driving charge.
Woods was arrested in May for driving under the influence after police found him passed out inside his Mercedes at 2:03 a.m. on Memorial Day, 15 miles from his home in Jupiter, Florida. A toxicology report revealed that he had five drugs in his system, including Vicodin and Xanax, which he told officers he was taking to cope with a fourth back surgery he underwent the previous month. No alcohol was found in his system, something Woods stated soon after the incident.
Recently, Woods has provided updates on a potential return, despite hinting that he could see a scenario where he never plays competitively again during a press conference at the Presidents Cup. Three months after his arrest, Woods was cleared to practice his short game, and has since posted videos of him hitting “smooth” iron shots, full drivers and his patented “stinger”. Observers have stated that the 79-time PGA Tour winner looks “really good” during practice.
There has been no word on when he will make a possible return. Woods last played in February in Dubai, withdrawing due to back spasms.