Tiger Woods to apologize, discuss future on Friday

Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:36pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

WHISTLER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Tiger Woods, the superstar golfer who took an indefinite break from the game in December after admitting marital infidelity, will make a public statement on Friday about his playing future.

The world number one has been in hiding since the tawdry revelations about his personal life erupted after a minor car accident in the middle of the night outside his Florida home in November.

It was a stunning fall from grace for the most marketable figure in sport and one of the world's most recognizable


Woods, a 14-times major champion who is believed to be the wealthiest sports personality on the planet, will address a small gathering of reporters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) on Friday, his manager said.

"Tiger plans to discuss his past and his future and he plans to apologize for his behavior," Mark Steinberg said in an email to Reuters.

"While Tiger feels that what happened is fundamentally a matter between he and his wife, he also recognizes that he has hurt and let down a lot of other people who were close to him.

"He also let down his fans. He wants to begin the process of making amends and that's what he's going to discuss."   Continued...

<p>Tiger Woods watches play as he stands on the sixth hole during his foursome match at the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Harding Park golf course in San Francisco, California, in this October 8, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Shaun Best/Files</p>