In Summary

  • Woods told authorities he had not been drinking but had a reaction to several prescription drugs used for back pain and insomnia.

MIAMI

Former world number one Tiger Woods pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to driving under the influence, but agreed to a lesser charge and to go on probation.

Woods, 41, did not appear at the brief court hearing in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, held to resolve charges stemming from his May arrest, according to press reports and court documents.

A 14-time major golf champion, Woods was arrested on May 29 by police in Jupiter, Florida, who found him asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz.

Woods, who has not won a PGA Tour title since 2013, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, although a breathalyser test found no trace of alcohol in his system.

Woods told authorities he had not been drinking but had a reaction to several prescription drugs used for back pain and insomnia.

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