NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Throughout this past week, we asked users of TheStreet whether you thought Tiger Woods' sponsors were making the right decision by standing behind the disgraced golfer. Since then, Tiger has taken a major retreat from the public eye -- but not before announcing his intention to reprioritize his life away from golf and toward his family.
Tiger Woods announced Friday night on his Web site that he had decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf after much soul searching. "I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father and person," he said.
The decision Woods has made -- he and his wife Elin have a two-year old daughter and ten-month old son -- means Woods will be sitting on the sidelines of professional golf for a second year in a row. Last year, Woods had to take eight months off from golf to recover from reconstructive surgery on his left knee -- a small feat compared to repairing the damage to his reputation.
After he crashed his car on November 27th outside his Orlando home, the media honed in on his philandering, driving up web traffic to record levels since Michael Jackson's death. On Tuesday morning, Tiger Woods' mother-in-law was rushed to the hospital and treated for stomach pains after collapsing in his home.When Woods was out of action from July 2008 until the end of February for his knee surgery, television ratings dropped by 50%. As of today, he has given no indication of when he might return in what could be a pivotal year in his career as he pursues the record of 18 major championships won by Jack Nicklaus. Woods, who did not win a major this year, has 14. The Masters, where Woods has won four times, takes place April 8-11. The U.S. Open is at Pebble Beach, where Woods won by a record 15 strokes in 2000, and the British Open returns to St. Andrews, where he has won twice by a combined 13 shots. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem issues a statement Friday supporting Woods decision to take a break from golf and focus on his family.