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Tiger Woods is taking an "indefinite break" from golf. He posted this announcement on this web site tonight:
"I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children. I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I've done, but I want to do my best to try.
I would like to ask everyone, including my fans, the good people at my foundation, business partners, the PGA Tour, and my fellow competitors, for their understanding. What's most important now is that my family has the time, privacy, and safe haven we will need for personal healing.
After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person.
Again, I ask for privacy for my family and I am especially grateful for all those who have offered compassion and concern during this difficult period."
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The announcement comes two weeks after a car accident led to the shocking fall from grace for the world's No. 1 golfer, which included allegations of numerous extramarital affairs.
After the crash, Woods apologized for "transgressions" that "let his family down." Those comments came just as the magazine US Weekly published a report alleging Woods had an affair with a cocktail waitress.
Woods and his wife, Elin, have been married five years and have two children.
Tonight, we'll have the all the angles on Woods' decision. Could his break from the sport impact his endorsements?
We have put together a panel of sports journalists to weigh in on Woods' annoucement.
One of them is Christine Brennan, of USA Today, who wrote this about the golf star, "What Tiger Woods has caused to happen to himself and his image over the past two weeks is the sports world's most remarkable fall from grace, ever. No athlete has ever held a perch so high in our culture – right up there with President and Mrs. Obama, and Oprah – and fallen so far so fast."
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