Tiger Woods was arrested for driving under the influence in Florida early on Monday morning, police say.
Police recorded the arrest at 07:18 local time (11:18 GMT) and the golfer was released a few hours later, records from Palm Beach County police show.
He was arrested in the town of Jupiter at around 03:00 local time, media reports say.
The 41-year-old has been recovering from a recent back surgery and last blogged about his health on 24 May.
Woods has been out of competitive action since withdrawing after day one in the Dubai Desert Classic in early February.
The 14-time major champion last week revealed he had been feeling the best he had felt in years.
"The surgery went well, and I'm optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain," said Woods.
"When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long."
Woods' personal life came under intense scrutiny in 2009 after he was charged with careless driving outside his Florida home.
He later admitted to having had extra-marital affairs and made a frank public apology. He said he had received professional help and planned to undergo further therapy.
As a result, Woods lost several sponsors over the scandal and took a break from competitive golf.