(R-L) Golfer Tiger Woods and wife Elin Nordegren attend Game Four of the 2009 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic on June 11, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tiger Woods;Elin Nordegren (Getty Images)more pics »Tiger Woods
is taking an indefinite leave from golf, according to The New York Times
. He is going to work on his family, a post on his web site said. He used the word "infidelity" for the first time, and apparently wants to try to get his life back on track with wife Elin Nordegren
and his 2 young children. Tiger Wood and Elin Nordegren (Getty)
He did not say how long the break would be, but he did ask for privacy while his family heals. He said they would need a "safe haven" to begin the process of putting their lives back together. Hopefully this means no more alleged mistresses will come out now. Nine is enough for us.
Since his one-car crash November 27, the alleged mistresses have piled up, and the list includes Rachel Uchitel
, Jaimee Grubbs
, Kalika Moquin
, Jamie Jungers
, Mindy Lawton
, Cori Rist
, and Holly Sampson
, Joslyn James
and Loredana Jolie
. Hopefully Tiger can put his life back together now.
The statement on Tiger's web site
said: 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.
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