In a post on his website, the golf legend — who, after two weeks of scandal, has been currently reduced to a sexually beleaguered punchline — has announced that, "after much soul searching," he's putting away the golf clubs and pulling out the Zales, or whatever he needs to buy in order to earn back his family's trust. He writes on his website:
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. [...] 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.
Yeesh. Doesn't throwing in the towel on this just make things worse? If he doesn't get back on the green and do his champion-golfer thing, "take your name off your phone" is what his name will ultimately be remembered for. Which isn't undeserved — but still, it seems to be one of those cases where it's actually not better to burn out than to fade away.
Tiger Woods Taking a Hiatus From Golf [Tiger Woods]