Congressman drops effort to honor Tiger Woods

A U.S. congressman is dropping his effort to honor Tiger Woods

with a Congressional Gold Medal.

California Representative Joe Baca proposed legislation in March

that called for Woods to be recognized for promoting good

sportsmanship and breaking down barriers in golf.

Baca said in a statement on Wednesday that “in light of the

recent developments surrounding Tiger Woods and his family,” he

won’t pursue legislation during this session to give him the

award.

Woods’ recent car accident has led to a media firestorm

surrounding his personal life. The world’s No. 1 golfer hit a

hydrant and a tree on Nov. 27, and he was cited for careless

driving and fined $164.

The accident – and Woods’ refusal to answer questions about it –

fueled speculation about a possible dispute between him and his

wife, Elin.

Woods has been out of the public eye since the crash and

subsequent allegations of extramarital affairs.

Last week, Woods issued a statement saying he had let his family

down with unspecified “transgressions” that he regrets with “all

of my heart.”

The medal is the highest award Congress has to honor civilians

for achievements and contributions to society.