By Michael Buteau
(Bloomberg) — Tiger Woods said he will take an "indefinite break from professional golf" to focus his attention on his family.
Woods, the world's No. 1 ranked golfer, cited infidelity in a statement on his Web site as a reason for his decision to take a break 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," Woods said. "I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness."
The absence of Woods, a 14-time major tournament winner, will leave the sport without its highest-profile player.
"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," he said.
Woods, 33, has been the subject of reports of infidelity following a Nov. 27 car accident outside his home near Orlando, Florida.
"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."
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