"I have let my family down, and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart," Woods said in the statement on his Web site. "I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults, and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.
"Although I am a well-known person and have made my career as a professional athlete, I have been dismayed to realize the full extent of what tabloid scrutiny really means. For the last week, my family and I have been hounded to expose intimate details of our personal lives," Woods said.
Woods categorically denied reports that domestic violence could have played any role in the car accident as "utterly false and malicious."
Woods also objected to the invasive media attention, saying "personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn't have to mean public confessions."
While Tiger does not clarify the "transgressions," the statement came after a 24-year-old Los Vegas cocktail waitress claimed to have had a nearly three-year-long affair with the golf superstar. She said she had evidence to prove it.
In a voicemail, apparently from Woods to waitress Jaimee Grubbs, posted on the US Weekly Web site, a panicked voice identified as Woods by US Weekly apparently begs Grubbs to change her voicemail greeting. The voicemail is from Nov. 24, the day before reports of his alleged affairs surfaced, according to US Weekly.
"Hey it's Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favor," Woods says in the message. "Can you please, uh, take your name off your phone? My wife went through my phone and may be calling you. If you can, please take your name off that and, um, what do you call it, just have it as a number on the voice mail. Just have it as your telephone number. You have to do this for me. Huge. Quickly. Bye."
The voice mail is accompanied by a lengthy article in which Grubbs claims to have had 20 sexual encounters with Woods since April 2007. She also claims to have more than "300 racy texts from Woods" as well as photos.
International attention was thrust on Woods this weekend following a bizarre car crash early Friday morning that sent Woods temporarily to the hospital and fueled a barrage of media speculation that the crash might be linked to tabloid reports Woods' had allegedly been cheating on his wife model Elin Nordegren with New York nightclub hostess Rachel Utichel.
Utichel categorically denied any romantic involvement with Woods on Tuesday. Later that day Grubbs' claims about her affair with Woods appeared on the US Weekly Web site.
Before Grubbs spoke out about their alleged relationship, Woods apparently referenced the tabloid allegations of the affair with Utichel in a statement on his Web site following the accident.
The statement praised his wife for "acting courageously" to help him after his accident and denounced "unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me." Woods lawyer and agent would not comment to "Good Morning America" about the alleged affair with Grubbs.