Tiger Woods Comes Clean, Takes Indefinite Leave of Absence From Golf

Joe GerrityCorrespondent IDecember 11, 2009

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 12:  Tiger Woods walks across the 17th hole during the final round of the 2009 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2009 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Through a statement posted on his website, Tiger Woods has acknowledged "infidelity" and announced he would be taking a leave of absence from golf to work on his marriage.

Tiger's news comes as a shock to many who expected he would return to the golf course as his usual dominant self.

"After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf," Woods announced. "I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person."

It was reported that Tiger's wife, Elin Nordegren, moved out with the children amidst reports of up to a dozen affairs.

Tiger himself has not been seen in public since the day of the car accident.

Woods' statement came via his website and is only the third statement released by the golfer since his car accident following Thanksgiving.

Recent activity on his yacht, Privacy, has led to speculation that he will set sail shortly to further remove himself from the media storm that has unfolded. It's unknown if his wife and children will be joining him.

Always a reclusive celebrity, it appears this scandal has rocked Tiger to the core. Don't expect to see or hear from Tiger for at least a few months.