Rather than take the "win quickly and have people love me again", Tiger Woods is electing to take an indefinite leave from golf to try and save his marriage (and millions of dollars). From ESPN:
"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 have a 2-year-old daughter and a 10-month-old son.
The announcement came two weeks after Woods crashed his SUV into a tree outside his Florida home, setting in motion a stunning downfall for the world's No. 1 player who for 13 years rarely made news off the golf course. One woman who said she had a 31-month affair with Woods shared a voice mail that she said Woods left her two nights before his Nov. 27 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."
Woods has not been seen in public since the accident.
He gave no indication when he might return in what could be a pivotal year as he pursues the record 18 major championships won by Jack Nicklaus. Woods, who did not win a major this year, has 14.
The PGA Tour supported the decision.
"His priorities are where they need to be, and we will continue to respect and honor his family's request for privacy," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement, the tour's first public comment since Woods mentioned his "personal failings" and "transgressions" in a Dec. 2 statement. "We look forward to Tiger's return to the PGA Tour when he determines the time is right for him."
And rest assured, they're hoping that right time is in ten or fifteen minutes because without Tiger on the tour, golf takes a mean, mean hit.