Tiger Woods is expected to plead guilty to reckless driving Friday afternoon Oct. 27 in Palm Beach Gardens. The professional golfer was arrested in Florida on Memorial Day under suspicion of driving under the influence after police discovered him stopped on the side of the road with his car still running.
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods said in the statement.
In August, the golfer entered into a DUI first-offender program, under which the state drops the DUI charge and the defendant pleads guilty to the lesser charge of reckless driving. The defendant must fulfill certain requirements, such as completing DUI school, probation and a ban on alcohol and drug consumption.
Completion of the program does not expunge the defendant’s record. Instead, the court withholds the adjudication of guilt, meaning the reckless driving charge will appear on the record but show no finding of guilt.
If the program is not successfully completed, the defendant will have the second-degree misdemeanor on his or her record.
CNN reached out to Woods’ attorney, Douglas Duncan, inquiring about a plea but did not get a response.
Woods has won 14 major tournaments, second only to Jack Nicklaus. But the former world No. 1 golfer hasn’t won a major since the 2008 US Open and has undergone four back operations in the past three years. He hasn’t played competitive golf since he was forced to pull out of the Dubai Desert Classic in February.
On Oct. 15, Woods posted a video of himself on Twitter hitting a drive with the words “making progress.” According to his agent, Mark Steinberg, doctors have cleared him to “do as much as he needs to do.”
“He got a nice report and is allowed to proceed,” Steinberg told ESPN. “He can do as much as he needs to do. Tiger is going to take this very, very slowly. This is good, but he plans to do it the right way.”
Woods last won on the PGA Tour at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2013.