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原題：Tiger Woods Says He Will Take Indefinite Break From Golf
Tiger Woods taking 'indefinite break' from golf, statement on Web site saysDecember 11, 2009 8:26 p.m. EST
"I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused," Woods says on his Web site.STORY HIGHLIGHTS
NEW: No word on how hiatus will affect lucrative sponsorships
Announcement of hiatus appears on Tiger Woods' Web site
Statement: "I am deeply aware of the ... hurt that my infidelity has caused"
Woods' statement: "I am profoundly sorry and ... ask forgiveness"
(CNN) -- Tiger Woods announced that he is taking "an indefinite break" from professional golf, according to a statement posted on his Web site Friday.
"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," the statement says. "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."
The 33-year-old golfer, who tops the sport's world rankings, has been mired in controversy since he crashed his car outside his Florida mansion late last month. The crash prompted authorities to cite him for careless driving and fine him $164.
Woods was not required to talk to police about the wreck, and declined to talk with investigators on several occasions.
In the week following the crash, Woods apologized for "transgressions" that let his family down, on the same day that gossip magazine US Weekly published a report alleging that Woods, who is married to Elin Nordegren, had an affair with a 24-year-old cocktail waitress named Jaimee Grubbs.
Video: Woods taking hiatus from golf
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US Weekly's report followed a National Enquirer article before the crash that the athlete was h●●ing an affair with a New York nightclub hostess -- an assertion the hostess vigorously denied, according to The New York Post. See the statement on Woods' Web site
It was not immediately clear how Woods' apparent hiatus would affect his sponsorships, which include Nike, Gillette, Gatorade and Electronic Arts.
After initial allegations of extramarital affairs and Woods' earlier admission of undisclosed "transgressions," his sponsors pledged their support and opted to retain the golfer as their spoke●●an.（ＣＮＮ）