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.
Woods' troubles began after a Nov. 27 car accident and have spiraled into a tabloid-friendly, wildly personal tale of infidelity played out on the public stage.
Just yesterday, we discussed Rick Reilly's recommendation that Woods do just what he announced he intends to do.
Comments-wise, a vast majority disagreed with this idea, but it looks like the golfer is planning on leaving the links in leiu of repairing what has to be a fractured realtionship with his wife Elin.