In what was one of the last but most unexpected falls from grace of 2009, the image of the world's most famous golfer plummeted when his extramarital affairs were revealed following a suspicious early morning car accident outside of his Florida home.
Since the Nov. 27 car accident that raised questions about a fight with his wife Elin and spurred allegations of nearly a dozen extramarital liaisons, Tiger Woods has addressed the controversy publicly only through his Web site. "I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart," he said in a statement.
But not only did some of Woods' alleged mistresses came forward and share email and phone messages the golfer sent them, there were new allegations that Woods paid for sex with prostitutes.
Hollywood madam Michelle Braun said she arranged meetings with Woods and at least four prostitutes from 2006 to 2007 for a total cost of $60,000, according to the New York Post.
"Tiger has been one of Michelle's clients for years," private investigator Dan Hanks, who worked for Braun, checking her clients' backgrounds, told ABC News.com.
Hanks said he knew of an occasion in which Woods hired three prostitutes at one time.
Woods has now said he is taking an indefinite break from golf.