Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods plans to take a hiatus from golf effective immediately, he announced Friday on his website.

"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. 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," Woods, 33, said in a statement.

"What's most important now is that my family has the time, privacy, and safe haven we will need for personal healing. After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person. Again, I ask for privacy for my family and I am especially grateful for all those who have offered compassion and concern during this difficult period."

Tiger Woods: I regret my "transgressions"

Woods' announcement comes after intense media speculation about both him and his family following his car accident on Nov. 27. Since then, a number of women have come forward claiming to have had relationships with the golf superstar. Woods publicly apologized for his "transgressions" on his website on Dec. 2. and also dropped out of the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament he was set to host, blaming injuries from the accident.