Tiger Woods posted a statement on his website on Sunday thanking fans and sponsors for their continued support during the tough times he is facing in his personal life. He also apologizes for his absence from the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament.

He said:

"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. 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."

Held at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA, the 2009 Chevron World Challenge teed off on Wednesday, December 2 and wrapped up this weekend. The annual tournament benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.

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