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By Chineze Ogugua

Tiger Woods has pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following his arrest in Palm Beach County, Florida in May. Woods later apologised, blaming the incident on “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications”.

He is now expected to admit to a lesser charge of reckless driving and enter a 12-month probation programme after a blood sample taken after his arrest tested positive for painkiller Vicodin and antidepressant Xanax, but proved he had no alcohol in his system.

Mr Woods did not appear in court in Palm Beach and his lawyer entered the charge on his behalf.

The year-long scheme will allow him to avoid a formal DUI conviction if he completes a set of special conditions including a $250 (£190) fine, a victim impact class, 50 hours of community service and regular substance abuse monitoring.

Failure to complete the programme would result in a 90-day jail sentence.

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