Woods rests after tumultuous six-month span

Updated: October 31, 2006, 11:36 AM ET
By Jason Sobel | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- "Playing seven out of nine weeks with an additional trip to Ireland for Ryder Cup practice was taxing both mentally and physically and I feel like I need another week away from competitive golf."

Such were the words of Tiger Woods, the world's top-ranked golfer, its most recognizable athlete, the face of a generation. On the surface, it appears Woods is playing hooky yet again, simply extending his already protracted vacation for the sake of spurning the PGA Tour at its season-ending ...

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