Golf legend Tiger Woods was reportedly taken into police custody on suspicion of DUI near his home in Jupiter, Florida. The incident occured near 3 am according to CNN and other sources. It’s a sad note in what has become a bad late-period song for Woods. The golfer has struggled to return to top form in golf after repeated injuries and surgeries. He has also suffered very public personal problems (he entered treatment for “sex addiction”) since his years of dominance.
Woods is synonymous with golf in a way few athletes are with their respective sports — no golfer has ever been as famous as Woods, despite Jack Nicklaus’ greater career success in major championships. Woods helped open golf to the world, whereas Nicklaus played a more homogeneous sport. Because of his stature, Woods’ every move is scrutinized like few athletes — fans of golf yearn for a swan song by Woods that caps his great career. Fans were excited when Woods wrote on his blog just this week that:
“I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.
Presently, I’m not looking ahead. I can’t twist for another two and a half to three months. Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. I am concentrating on short-term goals.”
This latest struggle is not what they — or no doubt Woods also — had in mind. Rehab takes on a whole new meaning.