Media reports prompted Tiger Woods to admit trangressions. ((Mark Ralston/Getty Images))

A California congressman is dropping his effort to honour Tiger Woods with a Congressional Gold Medal.

Democrat Joe Baca proposed legislation in March that called for the golfer to be recognized for promoting good sportsmanship and breaking down barriers in the sport.

Baca said in a statement Wednesday that "in light of the recent developments surrounding Tiger Woods and his family," he won't pursue legislation this session to give him the award.

Woods' recent car accident has led to a media firestorm surrounding his personal life.

The world's No. 1 golfer hit a hydrant and a tree on Nov. 27.

He was cited for careless driving and fined $164 US.

The accident — and Woods' refusal to answer questions about it — fuelled speculation about a possible dispute between him and his wife, Elin.

Woods has been out of the public eye since the crash and subsequent allegations of extramarital affairs.

Last week, Woods issued a statement saying he had let his family down with unspecified "transgressions" that he regrets with "all of my heart."

The medal is the highest award Congress has to honour civilians for achievements and contributions to society.

The Hill newspaper first reported Baca's decision to drop the effort.