Golf Digest suspends Tiger's monthly columns

Golf Digest suspends Tiger's monthly columns

Published Dec. 23, 2009 12:00 a.m. ET

Golf Digest will suspend Tiger Woods' monthly instructional columns while the golfer is on indefinite leave from golf, the magazine announced Wednesday.

"Golf Digest has had a long-standing relationship with Tiger Woods to provide instruction articles for the magazine, and we do not have any plans to change that," the magazine said in a statement. "We respect Tiger's decision to take a break from professional golf and focus on his family; Tiger's bylined instruction articles will not be published in Golf Digest during his time away from the game."

Woods will remain on the magazine's masthead as a Playing Editor, the magazine said.

It was unclear if the magazine would continue to pay Woods while he is on leave. According to the New York Post, Golf Digest has an exclusive long-term contract with Woods valued at $3 million per year.

"We have nothing to say in regards to Tiger's compensation," said a Condé Nast spokesman, according to the Post. Condé Nast owns Golf Digest.

Woods took an indefinite leave from golf on Dec. 11, two weeks after he crashed his SUV into a tree outside his Florida home, and in the wake of more than a dozen women coming forward claiming to have had an affair with him.