Woods told police he had taken Xanax

MIAMI • Tiger Woods has told police he had taken the anti-anxiety drug Xanax when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant in Florida last month, according to a report published on golf.channel.com.

The website posted the unredacted Jupiter Police Department report from the incident on May 29, when Woods was found asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes luxury sedan by the side of a road in the early hours of the morning.

"I asked Woods if he had taken any medication to which he stated, 'Xanax'," police officer Christopher Fandry wrote in the report.

Xanax, the generic version of alprazolam, is often prescribed to treat anxiety and depression and is also commonly used as sleep medication because of its effect as a sedative.

The 41-year-old golfer tested negative for alcohol after his arrest and later released a statement saying he had experienced an unexpected reaction to prescription medicines.

Woods is the winner of 14 Major championships, second only to Jack Nicklaus' 18, but has hardly played in the last 22 months, during which time he has had multiple back operations.

The American former world No. 1 announced last month that he had undergone a fourth back operation that would keep him off the course for the rest of this season.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Palm Beach County Court on July 5.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 11, 2017, with the headline 'Woods told police he had taken Xanax'. Print Edition | Subscribe