By Christian Binder, WSOE Sports
It is a dark day in sports when perhaps one of the most upstanding figures in the world of sports has been brought down. Tiger Woods made an announcement on his website that he will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the PGA Tour to “focus [his] attention on being a better husband, father, and person…” For the first time, Woods used the term “infidelity” in reference to his “transgressions” that were revealed after his car accident on the morning of November 27.
At this point in time, the details of Woods’ affair(s) are unknown, but one woman has publicly claimed that she had a 31-month affair with Woods. Tiger’s wife, Elin Nordegren, has said that she does not wish to divorce him and that she would prefer to work things out. The two have a two-year-old daughter and a ten-month-old son together and Woods plans to take time to repair the relationships that have been damaged by his actions.
What does this mean for the world’s number-one golfer? His image certainly has been tarnished. When people think of Tiger Woods, they think of him hugging his father after he won a tournament, all of the fist pumps after the big shots, and beating Rocco Mediate on a bum knee. Now, on top of all of that, is his infidelity. It truly is saddening that one of the greatest role models in sports has taken a fall. Only time will tell if his reputation will be repaired. As for now, don’t expect to see Tiger driving the ball for quite some time.