Golf: Woods shown to be wobbling in police video

MIAMI • Golfer Tiger Woods looks disoriented and unsteady in a police video of his Monday arrest on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI), according to footage obtained and broadcast by United States media on Wednesday.

The video, from a dashboard camera in a police vehicle, shows the 41-year-old American unable to tie his shoe and wobbling as he tries to walk along a straight line in a field sobriety test.

The golfer has blamed the DUI arrest near his home on an adverse reaction to prescription medication.

The police report on the incident, made public on Tuesday, said Woods was "cooperative" and "confused" when found by police, with "extremely slow and slurred speech".

The video backs that report.

Woods is unable to follow a light with his eyes when asked to do so. When officers ask if he understands instructions to recite the alphabet, he says he was asked "not to sing the national anthem backwards".

At one point in the sobriety tests Woods asks: "What are we doing?"

The 14-time Major champion was taken into custody at 2.49am on Monday, booked into jail at 7.18am and released on his own recognisance at 10.50 am.

He was discovered by police asleep in his car in the right lane of a road, his right-turn indicator blinking and the motor running.

Both tyres on the driver's side of Woods' Mercedes were flat at the time of his arrest, and there was damage to the front and rear bumpers.

Woods told police he was taking several prescriptions, including two painkillers. His breathalyser test showed no sign of alcohol.

Experts said on Wednesday that Woods' marketability will suffer following his arrest, but his sponsors will likely stay by his side.

Woods is the greatest golfer of his generation and sponsors like Nike, Bridgestone Golf, Monster Energy and TaylorMade are not likely to rush and cut ties with him, according to the experts.

"They have to be very measured in terms of their response to their relation with him," said David Carter, professor of sports business at the University of Southern California's Marshal School of Business. "He may not be delivering value but you could also be doing harm to your own brand if you cut and run on a guy with such global notoriety."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2017, with the headline 'Woods shown to be wobbling in police video'. Print Edition | Subscribe