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UPDATE: Tiger Woods was asleep at the wheel and had to be woken up when police in South Florida busted him early Memorial Day for allegedly driving under the influence, according to court records released Tuesday.

The 41-year-old golf star also scored .000 on two breathalyzer tests given to him after he was discovered by Jupiter police just after 2 a.m. Monday, the probable cause affidavit said.

He was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and cited for improper stopping, standing or parking in an illegal place, court records show.

Woods later said in a statement that he was affected by "an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications" and police in the affidavit noted he had medications for "4 left knee surgeries" and "4 Achilles."

In the affidavit, a Jupiter police officer said he found Woods' 2015 black Mercedes-Benz stopped in a roadway in the right lane and him buckled in the driver's seat. The car was still running and the right blinker was flashing.

Woods, who had been wearing a white shirt and black shirt, was roused from his sleep, the officer said, adding that he "had extremely slow and slurred speech."

Woods told the officer that he had traveled from Los Angeles, where he was golfing.

"Woods stated that he did not know where he was. Woods had changed his story of where he was going and where he was coming from," the affidavit said, adding that he "takes several prescriptions."

When the officer asked him to walk in a straight line as part of a sobriety test, the officer said Woods missed his heel to toe each time, stepped off the line and had to use his arms for balance.

He also had failed to follow directions for standing on his leg and touching his finger to his nose, the officer said, and when he was told to recite the alphabet a certain way, Woods responded: "Yes, recite entire national anthem backwards."

"After several times of explaining instructions he completed the task correctly," the officer wrote.

Tiger Woods was asleep at the wheel and had to be woken up when police in South Florida busted him early Memorial Day for allegedly driving under the influence, according to court records released Tuesday.

The 41-year-old golf star also scored .000 on two breathalyzer tests given to him after he was discovered by Jupiter police just after 2 a.m. Monday, the probable cause affidavit said.

He was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and cited for improper stopping, standing or parking in an illegal place, court records show.

Woods later said in a statement that he was affected by "an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications" and police in the affidavit noted he had medications for "4 left knee surgeries" and "4 Achilles."

In the affidavit, a Jupiter police officer said he found Woods' 2015 black Mercedes-Benz stopped in a roadway in the right lane and him buckled in the driver's seat. The car was still running and the right blinker was flashing.

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Woods, who had been wearing a white shirt and black shirt, was roused from his sleep, the officer said, adding that he "had extremely slow and slurred speech."

Woods told the officer that he had traveled from Los Angeles, where he was golfing.

"Woods stated that he did not know where he was. Woods had changed his story of where he was going and where he was coming from," the affidavit said, adding that he "takes several prescriptions."

When the officer asked him to walk in a straight line as part of a sobriety test, the officer said Woods missed his heel to toe each time, stepped off the line and had to use his arms for balance.

He also had failed to follow directions for standing on his leg and touching his finger to his nose, the officer said, and when he was told to recite the alphabet a certain way, Woods responded: "Yes, recite entire national anthem backwards."

"After several times of explaining instructions he completed the task correctly," the officer wrote.

In a statement Monday, Woods denied having used alcohol.

"I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions," Woods said. "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."

He added that he was apologizing "with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again."

Woods was once the world's top-ranked golfer, winning 14 major golf tournaments and raking in $1 billion worth of endorsement deals. But his career was derailed by a sex scandal in 2009, and he announced the following year that he was divorcing from his wife, Swedish model Elin Nordegren, with whom he has two children.

Woods' arrest took place about 9 miles from his palatial multimillion-dollar estate on Hobe Sound. His career has recently been set back by physical injuries, and he has not won a major title since June 2008.

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By DOUG FERGUSON
AP Golf Writer

Tiger Woods was arrested early Monday on a DUI charge in Jupiter, Florida, and spent nearly four hours in a county jail before he was released.

Woods, the 14-time major champion who ranks second with his 79 career victories on the PGA Tour, has not played for four months. He is out for the rest of the season while he recovers from his fourth back surgery.

Woods was arrested on suspicion of DUI about 3 a.m. Monday and taken to the Palm Beach County jail, Jupiter Police spokeswoman Kristin Rightler said. He was arrested on Military Trail, south of Indian Creek Parkway.

Jail records show that the 41-year-old was booked into Palm Beach County jail at 7:18 a.m. and released on his own recognizance at 10:50 a.m. The jail released a booking photo of Woods in a white T-shirt.

Rightler said she did not have additional details about the circumstances leading to Woods' arrest, nor did she have any information about whether the arrest involved drugs or alcohol. She said an arrest report may be available Tuesday.

His agent at Excel Sports, Mark Steinberg, did not immediately respond to a voicemail from The Associated Press seeking comment. PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said the tour would have no comment.

Notah Begay, a roommate of Woods when they played at Stanford, could relate. Begay was arrested for aggravated drunken driving in 2000 when he ran into a car outside a bar in New Mexico. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail, with all but seven days suspended.

"It's embarrassing for Tiger, something that you can't go back and change," Begay said on Golf Channel from the NCAA men's golf championship, where he was working for the network. "I've been there myself. ... But it was a turning point in my life. Hopefully, it's something he'll learn from, grow from, take responsibility for and use it to make some changes."

Woods has not been seen at a golf tournament since he opened with a 77 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, withdrawing the next day because of back spasms. He was in Los Angeles for the Genesis Open, run by his Tiger Woods Foundation, but he did not come to the course at Riviera because of his back.

He was at the Masters, but only to attend the dinner for past champions.

Woods, who had been No. 1 longer than any other golfer, has not been a factor since his last victory in August 2013 as he battled through back surgeries from a week before the 2014 Masters until his most recent fusion surgery on his lower back a month ago.

In an update Friday on his website, Woods said the fusion surgery provided instant relief and he hasn't "felt this good in years."

It was the first time Woods has run into trouble off the golf course since he plowed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his Windermere, Florida, home in the early morning after Thanksgiving in 2009, which led to revelations that he had multiple extramarital affairs.

A police report then showed that a Florida trooper who suspected Woods was driving under the influence sought a subpoena for the golfer's blood test results from the hospital, but prosecutors rejected the petition for insufficient information.

A witness, who wasn't identified in the report, told the trooper he had been drinking alcohol earlier. The same witness also said Woods had been prescribed two drugs, the sleep aid Ambien and the painkiller Vicodin. The report did not say who the witness was but said it was the same person who pulled Woods from the vehicle after the accident. Woods' wife has told police that she used a golf club to smash the back windows of the Cadillac Escalade to help her husband out.

He eventually was cited for careless driving and fined $164.

Woods and wife Elin Nordegren divorced in 2010. He later had a relationship with Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn that lasted two years.

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Associated Press writer Jennifer Kay in Miami Beach, Florida, contributed to this report.

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