Tiger Woods released this statement on his official website Friday afternoon:
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 had been expected back on the PGA Tour at the end of January so perhaps this is an indication he will be off the Tour for a longer period.
Could this statement indicate that Woods is throwing himself into saving his marriage? Perhaps. Certainly the statement has a less defensive and more apologetic tone than his first press release.
His remarks may also fuel further speculation about his relationship with sponsors.
Woods uses the more specific word “infidelity” as opposed to “transgressions” in this latest release, which could be taken by some as exhibiting more contrition.
This is the first sign, at least to me, that Woods is showing a vulnerable, human side that we hadn’t seen through this ordeal to this point. The apparent change of tone could go a long way to engendering compassion and slowing down the media blitz.