Tiger Woods says he's taking an indefinite leave from golf to work on saving his marriage, using the word "infidelity" for the first time in a statement posted on his website.
"After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf," Woods said. "I need
to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and a person."
Woods and his wife, Elin, have been married for five years and have a 2-year-old daughter and 10-month-old son.
The announcement, which was posted on Friday, came two weeks after a car accident that set in motion a shocking
downfall for the world's No 1 player, which has included sordid allegations of numerous extramarital affairs. One woman
even shared a voicemail she said Woods left her two nights before his November 27 accident.
Woods has not been seen in public since the accident.
"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," Woods said.
"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."
The US PGA Tour said it supported the decision by its biggest star.