Golf legend, Tiger Woods, will not show up in court on Wednesday for a 'driving under the influence' charge.

Woods was arrested at 2 a.m. on May 29 about 15 miles from his home in Jupiter, Florida, when officers found him unconscious in his Mercedes-Benz, which was parked awkwardly on the side of the road and had damage to the driver's side.

It's not clear how he damaged the car. Officers checked the area but didn't find that he had hit anything.

The meaning of his absence under court rules is that the superstar golfer will be pleading not guilty.

Attorney Douglas Duncan said in an email on Tuesday to Associated Press that Woods would not be attending the hearing, but he didn't elaborate.

Any plea other than not guilty requires the defendant's attendance.

He would also have to pay a $250 fine and court costs, attend DUI school, perform 50 hours of community service and attend a workshop where victims of impaired drivers detail how their lives were damaged. He will also be subjected to random drug and alcohol testing and other conditions.

David S. Weinstein, a Miami defense attorney and former federal and state prosecutor not involved in the case, said prosecutors would likely keep the offer to let Woods enter the deferment programme open, at least for a while.

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