Tiger Woods taking indefinite leave from golf
Tiger Woods said Friday he is taking an indefinite leave fromgolf to try to save his marriage, the biggest fallout yet from twoshocking weeks filled with allegations of rampant extramaritalaffairs.
"I need to focus my attention on being a better husband,father, and person," Woods said on his Web site.
Woods and his wife, Elin, have been married five years and havea 2-year-old daughter and a 10-month-old son.
The announcement came two weeks after Woods crashed his SUV intoa tree outside his Florida home, setting in motion a stunningdownfall for the world's No. 1 player who for 13 years rarely madenews off the golf course. One woman who said she had a 31-monthaffair with Woods shared a voice mail that she said Woods left hertwo nights before his Nov. 27 accident.
"I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that myinfidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife andchildren," Woods said. "I want to say again to everyone that I amprofoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possibleto repair the damage I've done, but I want to do my best to try."
Woods has not been seen in public since the accident.
He gave no indication when he might return in what could be apivotal year as he pursues the record 18 major championships won byJack Nicklaus. Woods, who did not win a major this year, has 14.