Tiger Woods is Walking Away from Golf

Yep. The Tiger-gate scandal is officially going to wreck the PGA Tour. Today, Tiger Woods announced on his blog that he is going to walk away from golf due to the recent series of sex scandals.

Here is the full blog post, which is available on his website as well.

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.

I can't believe this. Total shock. Tiger has not said how long his hiatus will last.
However, even if Tiger were to stay away from the game for a year or less, the damage will be enormous.

The PGA Tour is facing enormous pressure while sponsors flee due to the economic crisis. Tiger's sponsors already began dropping him, and those who are sticking around have removed his ads from television.

The Tiger Woods moneymaking machine has been derailed, and it is unclear whether it will ever recover to reflect its former glory.

At any rate, this is horrific news for the PGA Tour and the golf world alike.

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