Tiger Woods has gone to rehab for an addiction to prescription pills.
Threatened with the possibility of losing joint custody of his two children in the wake of his embarrassing Memorial Day DUI arrest, Woods is entering a Florida rehab facility, per multiple reports.
The 14-time major champion has reportedly reserved the whole male inpatient unit at the Jupiter Medical Center for treatment.
A source told Radar Online, “Tiger visited the hospital with his children on June 2, then went alone two days later to complete paperwork and his assessment.”
If this is true, Woods was in contact with the facility just a few days after his May 29 arrest. And it would certainly seem to counter the official version of events.
If you recall, the official story per a statement from Woods was:
“What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”
Word has also trickled out in recent days that the list of the aforementioned “medications” Woods was taking included the benzodiazepine Xanax, in addition to Vicodin and other prescribed medications in the wake of his most recent back surgery.
According to a source, Woods’ ex wife, Elin Nordegren, is ready to make a bid to terminate his partial custody of their two children, daughter Sam, 9 and son Charlie, 8.
“Elin wants Tiger to get professional help before the kids spend a single night alone with him again,’’ the source said. “God forbid they’re in the car when he’s drugged up!”
Woods reportedly did a stint in an Arizona rehab facility in 2010 for sex addiction, although it was suggested at that time he might have a problem with Ambien and Vicodin as well.
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, predictably did not return requests for comment Monday.
If true, this would seem to be a smart attempt at dealing with a problem ahead of his July 5th court date. The timing seems right for a 30-day inpatient stay at the facility prior to his appearance in Palm Beach County court, and could be an important gambit in a bid to retain partial custody of his children.