Woods to leave golf 'indefinitely'

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, Last Updated: 7:43 PM ET

Tiger Woods is taking an "indefinite break" from golf to save his marriage, according to a statement posted on the golfer's website.

"I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person," he said.

Quoting a source close to the family, Britain's Sun tabloid reported today that Woods and his wife, Elin Nordegren, are trying to reconcile, but it will be on his wife's terms ­ meaning no golf.

"They have agreed to try and rebuild their marriage, but Elin will be the one calling the shots. It will be a long time before he's travelling the globe playing golf unless Elin's by his side," the source is quoted as saying.

"Tiger will have to work long and hard to get her to trust him again.

"Quitting golf shows he is willing to sacrifice something he loves so much to protect his family."

The billionaire golfer is struggling to repair his marriage and his public image as numerous women have stepped forward claiming to have slept with him.

The scandal began a day after American Thanksgiving, when Woods crashed his SUV outside his Orlando mansion amid suspicious circumstances.

Now, it appears Nordegren has changed her mind about letting Woods back into her life even as new revelations have come to light that Woods was allegedly spending the couples' fortune on high-priced Manhattan escorts.

The New York Post is reporting that Woods was paying a king's ransom for liaisons with women, with a well-know Hollywood madam the source for the story.

According to Michelle Braun, Woods repeatedly paid for the services of her company, Global Travel Network Inc., which was supplying him with young women to meet.

Braun said Tiger had a particular favourite from Braun's stable, a particular woman from Manhattan: Loredana Jolie.

"She's a stunning girl," Braun is quoted as saying. "He went out with her four or five times. She took part in group sex. They met up in 2006 or early 2007. I'd say he paid $15,000 for her."

According to the Post, Braun was recently sentenced to three years probation and six months of house detention after pleading guilty to money laundering and transporting a woman across state lines for the purpose of prostitution.

Braun said Woods would pay "$30,000 to $40,000 a weekend" in cities where he was playing tournaments. Braun said Woods' escapades would usually involve more than one girl at a time.

Braun's spokesman produced tax forms that showed Holly Sampson and Jamie Jungers, two women previously linked to Woods, were working for Braunıs company.

Jolie, told the New York Post that Woods showered her with gifts, including a diamond ring, diamond earrings and a watch.

Meanwhile, the BBC has confirmed that an injunction has been granted blocking certain information, purportedly about Woods, from being published.

The order was granted by a judge at the High Court in London, and concerns alleged information which cannot be disclosed for legal reasons.

Speculation is that lawyers are trying to prevent the release of nude or explicit photos of Woods to the British news media.

"Our client is not aware of any images," the lawyers said in a letter obtained by website TMZ. "And in any event, he would not have consented to any such photographs being taken."

Wood's alleged mistresses don't appear to have the same qualms about sharing their private moments with the world. Lingerie model Jamie Jungers appeared on the NBC Today show Friday and told the story of meeting Woodsı at the MGM casino party in Las Vegas which was the catalyst for an 18-month affair.

She said that Woods' did not try hard to keep their affair a secret and even had Jungers over at his California mansion when his wife was away.

She denied she took money from Woods or that he paid for a liposuction procedure.

Jungers said she genuinely loved Woods and is not seeking anything from him as details of his personal life threaten to disrupt his career.

"I got nothing out of this relationship but a broken heart".

Another alleged mistress, Rachel Utichel, seems to be about to cash in on her notoriety. According to the Extra website, she is in negotiations with Playboy to pose nude for the magazine.

Utichel also apparently earned a large figure ­ some say $1 million US ­ when she abruptly cancelled a news conference last week. Speculation was that Woods' handlers paid her a fee not to spill the beans on details on her affair with the golfer.


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