Woods was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail after he was arrested by police in Jupiter, Fla. He was later released on his own recognizance.

DUBLIN, Ohio — A concerned Jack Nicklaus said Tiger Woods needs our help after the 14-time major champion was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

“I’m a fan of Tiger’s. I’m a friend of Tiger’s. And I feel bad for him,” Nicklaus said Tuesday in his annual meeting with the news media ahead of Thursday’s start of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. “I think that he’s struggling. And I wish him well. I hope he gets out of it, and I hope he plays golf again. He needs a lot of support from a lot of people.

“And I’ll be one of them.”

Woods, 41, was arrested early Monday. According to the police report, Woods was asleep at the wheel in his parked and still running 2015 black Mercedes. Last month Woods had his fourth back surgery — the latest being a fusion surgery — and will not play this season. He told police he was taking several prescriptions, including two painkillers. Woods, who released a statement Monday evening stating that alcohol was not involved, agreed to two breathalyzer tests and blew 0.00 each time.


He will be arraigned July 8 on the DUI charge. Woods was also cited for improper parking.

“Obviously I don’t really know what happened, what went on. But I feel bad for Tiger,” Nicklaus said. “Tiger is a friend. He’s been great for the game of golf. And I think he needs all our help. And we wish him well.”

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