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Image caption Police in Palm Beach County released a mugshot of the golfer

Golf star Tiger Woods says alcohol was “not involved” in his arrest while driving in Florida early on Monday.

The player, who was charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI), blamed “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medication”.

“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said.

Police released a mugshot of Woods, looking unshaven and unkempt, following his arrest in the town of Jupiter.

“I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications,” he said.

“I didn’t realise the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”

Police in Palm Beach County said the 41-year-old golfer was pulled over at about 03:00 local time (07:00 GMT). He was later charged and then released.

The police record says that he was released “on his own recognisance”, meaning he promised in writing to co-operate with future legal proceedings.

Woods has been recovering from back surgery. In his most recent comment about his health, he wrote that the surgery had relieved terrible pain and that he hadn’t “felt this good in years”.

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