Text of statement by Tiger Woods

This is a transcript of the statement released Friday night by

golfer Tiger Woods on his Web site. It ran with the headline

“Tiger Woods taking hiatus from golf.”

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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