Tiger Woods and his bride were briefly detained yesterday by U.S. Coast Guard officers on their yacht Privacy, then were turned away from San Juan's port in Puerto Rico because they had failed to notify authorities of their arrival.

Since July 1, new security regulations require many boats to submit an arrival notice at least four days before entering a U.S. port, Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Eric Willis said. The 28-year-old golfer and Swedish model Elin Nordegren, 24, were married Oct. 5 and later set out on the Privacy, along with a crew.

The yacht entered San Juan's port at about noon yesterday and a Coast Guard boat stopped it, Willis said. Five Coast Guard officers boarded the yacht and escorted it to port, he said.

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