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(Handout/2009 Florida Highway Patrol)
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Chronology of the Tiger Woods scandal Add to ...

Dec. 9 Beverage maker Gatorade, a division of Pepsi Co., is discontinuing its Tiger Woods drink but says it made the decision before the golfer's car accident led to a media firestorm surrounding his personal life.

Dec. 10 A woman at the centre of the Tiger Woods philandering scandal, Jamiee Grubbs, appears on the syndicated entertainment show Extra and apologizes to Woods's family for her affair with the golfer.

Dec. 11 A British tabloid, The Sun, reports that Tiger Woods is ready to quit golf to save his marriage. Meanwhile the Tiger blacklash continues, as one of the other woman involved with Woods, Rachel Uchitel, repotedly was upset at the scope of Woods's cheating, and reports of unprotected sex with porn stars, and plans to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases.

Dec. 11 Tiger Woods releases a state ment on his official website saying he is taking an indefinite leave from golf to work on saving his marriage.

"After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf," Woods said. "I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person."

Dec. 12 Gillette, a major sponsor of Woods, says it will phase the athlete out of its advertisements while he takes time away from golf.

Dec. 13 Accenture Ltd., a global consulting firm, becomes the first major sponsor to completely cut ties with Woods. The company said the golfer is "no longer the right representative" after the "circumstances of the last two weeks."

Dec. 14 Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer says it will continue its association with Tiger Woods despite the golfer's alleged infidelities because he remains the world's best golfer and Tag Heuer does not care about his private life.

Dec. 15 Reports emerge that Tony Galea, who helped Woods recover from knee surgery during four visits to Florida last year, is being investigated by the RCMP and the FBI.

Dec. 16 Woods is selected as Athlete of the Decade by member editors of The Associated Press, receiving the nod in 56 of the 142 votes cast over the previous month.

Dec. 17 Reports suggest Woods' wife Elin will seek a divorce from the sports star after the holidays. Woods is voted male player of the year by the Golf Writers Association of America.

Dec. 30 Woods had a "fat lip" and no other visible facial injuries when he met with officers from the Florida Highway Patrol four days after the car accident outside his home, a spokeswoman says.

Dec. 31 AT&T announces its sponsorship deal with Woods is over, ending what had been billed as a "multiyear" agreement when it was signed in early 2009. "We are ending our sponsorship agreement with Tiger Woods and wish him well in the future," the company says in a statement.

Jan. 4 Electronic Arts Inc., which makes Tiger Woods-branded online golf games, says it is standing behind the golfer because he is "still one of the greatest athletes in history" despite his "mistakes" off the course.

Jan. 8 Butch Harmon, Woods's former coach, says he believes Woods could return to the game in March. "Those who say he won't play again are crazy," he tells Sky Sports. "People who say he probably won't play this year, I don't really believe that (either). If you want to put a timetable on it, I'd say you may see him in Florida before the U.S. Masters (in April)."

Jan. 13 General Motors Co. says a deal with Woods that allowed him to have free access to its vehicles ended on Dec. 31

Jan. 15 Tennis star Roger Federer says he's spoken to Woods by phone and predicts he will be back soon "as the wonderful golfer we know."

Jan. 16 Reports suggest Woods has checked into a sex rehab clinic in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Jan. 24: Reports surface that Canadian Emma Rotherham is Woods's 19th mistress.

Jan. 28 Reports suggest Nordegren may be leaning toward standing by Woods, suggesting her change of heart came after she spent five days with him at the sex rehab clinic.

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