KAPALUA, Hawaii - For the second year in a row, Tiger Woods will be a notable absentee from the early part of the PGA Tour schedule but this time it is entirely due to self-inflicted wounds by the world No 1.
After becoming engulfed in a media storm after a bizarre early morning car crash that took place outside his Florida home on November 27, Woods finally admitted he had cheated on his Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren.
Woods, the greatest player of his generation and arguably of all time, announced last month he would be taking an indefinite break from golf to try to repair the damage he had done to his private life.
The world's best known and most marketable athlete had previously carved out a squeaky-clean image of excellence.
A 14-times major winner, Woods has given no hint as to when he might return to competition.
He could return to the circuit for the March 11-14 WGC-CA Championship in Miami, Florida. - Reuters