SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Tiger Woods (search) and his new wife were briefly held aboard their private yacht Thursday by U.S. Coast Guard officers and turned away from San Juan's port because they failed to notify authorities of their arrival ahead of time, an official said.
Since July 1, new security regulations require many boats to submit an arrival notice at least four days in advance before entering a U.S. port, Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Eric Willis said.
The 28-year-old golfer and Swedish model Elin Nordegren (search), 24, were married Oct. 5 at a luxury resort in Barbados and later set out on the yacht Privacy.
The yacht entered San Juan's port at about noon Thursday and a Coast Guard (search) boat stopped them, Willis said. Five Coast Guard officers boarded the yacht and escorted it to port, he said.
"They were not supposed to be here because they didn't notify us," Willis said.
Eight people were on board, and they said they made their last port call in St. Kitts.
The yacht's crew was "compliant" while they were held in port for about three and a half hours, then turned away, Willis said.
The Privacy's captain said he did not know that the new security regulations applied to Puerto Rico, a U.S. Caribbean territory, Willis said.
The skipper said he decided to stop in San Juan only to refuel, Willis said. The Privacy was allowed to refuel as immigration authorities spoke with those aboard, including the newlyweds.
Woods is expected to return to the PGA Tour on Oct. 21 for the Funai Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.