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Will Tiger Woods quit golf for good?

There remains a very large unknown in Woods’s statement: Just how long will the best golfer in the universe be away from the sport? Broadcasters as well as fans are wondering when they might see Tiger Woods on the links again.

Tiger Woods says he’s taking “an indefinite break [in order to] focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person.” The future of professional golf may hinge on what he means by “indefinite.”

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Can pro golf survive without Tiger Woods?

In the cold light of morning – after the golf superstar announced that he was leaving his clubs in the garage while he tries to pull his scandal-tainted life back together – the answer seemed to be a grimly-determined … maybe.

Survive, yes. But in a way that continues to attract hundreds of millions of regular fans, not to mention sponsors with very fat wallets? The answer here seems to be far more qualified.

Speaking at the Australian PGA on Saturday, pro golfer John Daly put it this way: “They always say there is no one bigger in golf than the game itself. But Tiger is.”

By now, Woods’s statement that he’ll be taking “an indefinite break from professional golf [in order to] focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person” has ricocheted around the world.

PGA Tour officials said they “fully support Tiger’s decision to step away from competitive golf to focus on his family.” What else could they say?

But there remained a very large unknown in Woods’s statement: Just how long will the best golfer in the universe be away from the sport? And broadcasters as well as fans are wondering when they might see Woods on the links again.

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