Reaction Mixed After Woods Announces He's Taking A Break From Golf

The PGA Tour is expressing support for Tiger Woods' decision to take an "indefinite break from professional golf."

Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem says Woods is putting his priorities "where they need to be."

Woods' sponsors are somewhat mixed. Nike calls him "one of the greatest athletes of his era" and says it looks forward to his return to the game.

But Accenture has removed an image of Woods from the home page of its Web site, while AT&T says it is "evaluating" its relationship with Woods.

As for other golfers, Craig Parry is unsympathetic. At the Australian PGA Championship, Parry says what Woods did "was totally wrong" and "he's got no one to blame except himself."

John Daly says he hopes Woods returns soon.

Daly is going through a third divorce. He says: "They always say there is no one bigger in golf than the game itself. But Tiger is."

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The PGA Tour says it supports Tiger Woods' decision to take an indefinite leave from golf.

In a statement posted on his Web site, Woods wrote that after "much soul searching" he decided on the break to focus his attention on "being a better husband, father, and person."

In the statement, Woods for the first time used the word "infidelity" since a car accident unleashed allegations of numerous extramarital affairs.

Woods and his wife, Elin, have been married five years and have a 2-year-old daughter and 10-month-old son.

One of Woods' favorite playing partners also said it was the right thing to do. Steve Stricker says the tour will miss Woods, but that "Golf will always be there."


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 13, 2009 at 02:33 PM
    He was tryin to get the Nobel piece prize. GBHB, not an addition? Try telling that to a rapist or child molester. Derek, this is what I have been telling you. The media goes for the sensational story instead of "what is going on" story. Sort of like the breaking news on the climatologists getting caught, only Fox and ABC broke the news. What happend to the rest. Something that could cost me thousands a year called cap and trade is based on bull science? Then I go to NOAA and find the information on temps by states is now gone or hidden? What? More transparency. Who took it off? So Cheetah woods is the big story.....
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2009 at 11:08 AM
    I'm surprised he's had the energy to play golf as busy as he's been!
  • by Who Cares? on Dec 13, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    This is what happens when people put his type on pedastals and treat them like they're mythical gods. He's make a fool out of all those fans running behind him like he's a Messiah and companies paying him all that money for endorsements. What about his wife and his children. I hope she takes every dime he has left after the endorsers start falling off. He's a fool and she should take notes from Jenny Sanford; leave his sorry behind.
  • by Arcie Location: Washington on Dec 13, 2009 at 04:54 AM
    Wow! Really blown out of proportions. Celebrity issues hmmm..... How about Bill Clinton or John Edwards? Tiger Woods should run for a seat in politics.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2009 at 04:06 AM
    dumb blonde NO WAY she was smart, she caught drift of what was going on took 2 mill & bought a house in sweeden & loaded her bank accounts in her kids name, NO SIR she's no dumb blonde, she's a smart one!
  • by they they say Brandy Location: Lenoir Co on Dec 12, 2009 at 07:16 PM
    Sounds like he needs to take a break from 'other' activities as well.
  • by Tom Location: NC on Dec 12, 2009 at 05:56 PM
    Best thing to happen to golf in years. Maybe the "get in the hole"and " you are the man"fans will stay home!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Dec 12, 2009 at 05:08 PM
    I guess being called a dumb blond holds true in this case.now lawyer up for the gold chase.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 12, 2009 at 02:58 PM
    Somewhere in the media this evening they questioned "will golf survive without Woods? YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING,golf was not invented by Mr. Woods. Was it?
  • by mom on Dec 12, 2009 at 02:41 PM
    The use of sexual activity, especially in a way that is not safe, is an addiction. Some people have to have chaos in their lives to 'fill' their personal void. It's better to turn to your Higher Power. Turn your weaknesses and sadness and loss over and let go of the need to control. Learned that the hard way.
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