Tiger sets news conference for Friday, will discuss future plans

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Tiger Woods will end nearly three months of silence Friday when he speaks to the media for the first time about his middle-of-the-night accident that sparked shocking revelations about his infidelity.

Woods will speak to a small group of reporters at 11 a.m. Friday from the clubhouse of the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., home of the PGA Tour.

"This is all about the next step," Mark Steinberg, his agent, told The Associated Press. "He's looking forward to it."

Steinberg said he would speak to a "small group of friends, colleagues and close associates" about his past and what he plans next, along with apologizing for his behavior.

Woods, who has not been seen in public since the scandal began in November, will read from a prepared statement at PGA Tour headquarters in Florida, sources told FOXSports.com's Robert Lusetich. He will not take any questions from reporters.

Sources close to Woods say he is keen to return to playing golf. He is expected to make his debut either at the made-for-television Tavistock Cup, featuring teams of professional golfers from two gated communities in Orlando, or at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, also held in Orlando. The Tavistock Cup is being held March 22nd and 23rd, while the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which Woods has won six times, begins on the final Thursday in March. He is expected to play in the Masters in April.

Steinberg said three wire services would be in invited to Friday's press conference, and he was asking the Golf Writers Association of America to pick a small group of reporters to serve as a pool. Steinberg said there would be one pool camera, but it would be available live via satellite.

The news conference will be held during the Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona, which is sure to steal attention away from the first big event of the year. Accenture was the first sponsor to drop Woods when he became embroiled in a sex scandal.

"It was a matter of timing," Steinberg said.

When asked if the news conference could have waited until after Accenture's tournament, he replied, "No."

The news comes within days of the scandal escalating amid claims that Woods twice impregnated an alleged mistress, adult film star Joslyn James. James, 32, who claimed she carried on an affair with Woods from 2006 to 2009, said she miscarried in her first pregnancy at about the same time his wife, Elin Nordegren, gave birth to daughter Sam Alexis on June 18, 2007. James said she aborted her next pregnancy close to the Feb. 8, 2009, birth of Woods' son Charlie Axel.

Woods was never told about either pregnancy, she said, claiming she "just didn't want to ruin anything."

Woods took an indefinite leave from golf shortly after the scandal first erupted. Woods and his wife were said to be living apart in the same Orlando-area neighborhood so he can visit with their children. Nordegren was not wearing her wedding ring during recent weeks.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.