Can Golf Thrive Without Tiger?

"Accenture today announced that it will not continue its sponsorship agreement with Tiger Woods," the company wrote on its Web site Dec. 13.

Gillette said Saturday it would be "limiting [Woods'] role in our marketing programs" and AT&T said Friday it was "evaluating our ongoing relationship with him."

Unlike Accenture, however, neither Gillette nor AT&T explicitly suggested its partnership with Woods was over. Watchmaker Tag Heuer Monday said it was reassessing its relationship with Woods.

"For the past six years, Accenture and Tiger Woods have had a very successful sponsorship arrangement, and his achievements on the golf course have been a powerful metaphor for business success in Accenture's advertising," Accenture wrote. "However, given the circumstances of the last two weeks, after careful consideration and analysis, the company has determined that he is no longer the right representative for its advertising.

Accenture said that it wishes only the best for Tiger Woods and his family.

Companies began backing away from Woods this past weekend after he announced late Friday that he would take "an indefinite break from professional golf" to deal with family issues, most likely spurred by published claims of at least 11 extramarital affairs and links to prostitutes.

With a roster of high-profile endorsements, Woods became the first athlete to earn $1 billion, so his golf hiatus could mean major financial hits for him and the PGA Tour.

Tiger Woods' Fall From Grace 'the Greatest ... in Sports History'

Woods' formerly sterling public image began to lose its luster after he crashed his Cadillac Escalade outside his home in Florida Nov. 27 at 2:25 a.m.

An unconscious Woods was rescued by his wife, Elin Nordegren, who heard the crash and used a golf club to smash the vehicle's rear window and pull him to safety, according to police.

But there were unconfirmed media reports that Woods left the house after arguing with Nordegren and, soon afterward, reports of extramarital affairs began to pile up.

"This is the greatest fall from grace, in my opinion, of anybody in sports history," ABC News consultant and USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan told "World News" Saturday. "Tiger was such a cultural icon, crossing over from sports into society in such a big way."

Through it all, Woods said little -- save for a few brief statements through his Web site or intermediaries.

Woods' use of the word "infidelity" on his official Web site late Friday amounted to his first public admission that he had been unfaithful to Nordegren.

"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," he wrote. "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 seemed to acknowledge in the same message Friday that he expected a tough road professionally, as well as personally, as a result of his decision "to take an indefinite break from professional golf" in order to repair his marriage.

In his statement, he asked his associates "including my fans, the good people at my foundation, business partners, the PGA Tour, and my fellow competitors, for their understanding."

The Woods team has been in touch with Woods' sponsors as the scandal has swirled around him, Woods' agent Mark Steinberg said Friday.

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