Tiger Woods was found asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes Benz when Florida police officers arrested him in the early hours of Monday (29 May) morning.

Court records describe Woods, 41, as being stopped in the right hand lane of the road with his engine running, right indicator flashing and brake lights on, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Palm Beach patrolmen found Woods on Military Trail, a multi-lane highway running parallel to West Palm Beach.

He was processed at Palm Beach County Jail shortly after 7am and left unaccompanied around 11am.

In a statement released on Monday evening, Woods said: "I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved.

"What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.

"I didn't realise the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions."

Woods registered an alcohol level of 0.00 in a breath test, corroborating his claim that he had not been drinking. Woods is due to attend a preliminary hearing on 5 July in front of Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo.

Woods has not added to his 14 major golf tournament victories since 2013 when a slew of revelations about his private life emerged during the breakdown of his marriage.

He is currently ranked 876th in the world and seems increasingly unlikely to surpass Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 majors – a feat he was once expected to achieve comfortably.

He suffered from back injuries in recent years, which have required surgery.