Tiger Woods is out of rehab, or as he tweeted Monday, a “private intensive program.”
The 41-year-old 14-time major champion completed two weeks of treatment out of state.
“I recently completed an out of state private intensive program. I will continue to tackle this going forward with my doctors, family and friends. I am so very thankful for all of the support I’ve received.” – Tiger Woods
Police found the 79-time tour winner asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz sedan in the early morning hours of Memorial Day close to his home in Florida. Woods car, still running, showed signs of damage and had two flat tires.
The golfer failed routine DUI tests in spectacular and embarrassing fashion, as video released shortly after the arrest showed. He told officers he was taking multiple medications, including Vicodin, and it was later revealed he’d taken Xanax as well.
Breathalyzer tests returned a .000 reading, and Woods released a statement later on May 29 blaming an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications for his condition and indicating alcohol was not involved.
Woods released another statement June 19 saying he was receiving professional help to “manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleeping disorder.”
Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent, confirmed the information to ESPN at the time saying: “Tiger has been dealing with so much pain physically. And that leads to insomnia and sleep issues. This has been going on for a long time.”
Since March of 2014, Tiger Woods has had four back surgeries, most recently a spinal fusion surgery in April.
He hasn’t played professional golf since his withdrawal from the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic in February.
The more skeptical among us have suggested Woods’ therapy play is a gambit to retain partial custody of his two children, framing it in the same light as his 2009 therapy for sex addiction. Whether you give him the benefit of the doubt, however, it’s clear some sort of professional intervention was necessary given the state we saw the golfer in on his arrest video and the enduring horror of his mugshot.
It’s still difficult to believe how far we are from the idea that Tiger Woods will return to playing professional golf at a high level. At this point, all we can do is collectively hope his range of issues—from back pain, to insomnia, to drug use—are being managed by Woods and his team of professionals.