Embattled golfer Tiger Woods -- who has been linked at least nine women who claim to have had affairs -- posted a statement on his website on Sunday, thanking fans and sponsors for attending a tournament that supports his foundation.
"As the final round of the Chevron World Challenge begins, I would like to extend my heartfelt thank you to everyone affiliated with the event, especially our amazing title sponsor, Chevron," writes Woods, 33, who withdrew from the Chevron World Challenge because of unspecified injuries from a Nov. 27 car accident outside his home in Florida.
"They've been title sponsor for the last two years and have a vision and passion for creating real opportunities for my Foundation. I thank them for their ongoing commitment.
"I'd also like to thank all of our supporting sponsors and my tireless, dedicated staff, board and volunteers who collectively produce this first-class golf tournament. I am so grateful to them for their efforts, and I am sincerely sorry I was unable to fulfill my duties as host and player in this important event. "There are also 18 outstanding pros in the field, and I thank them for providing us all with some excellent competition this week.
"Lastly, I'd like to thank our fans for continuing to support us. Like them, I am extremely dedicated to this tournament, to my Foundation and the millions of young lives we serve. Thank you all for your support."