He is bare-chested and lifting weights in photos by Annie Leibovitz

By Tim Nudd
Updated January 04, 2010 01:40 PM
Credit: 2010 by Annie Leibovitz; all rights reserved; N.Y.C.

Tiger Woods remains hidden from the cameras, but readers will get an eyeful of the embattled golf star in the February issue of Vanity Fair.

The cover shot shows a bare-chested Woods in a black cap lifting weights. The magazine promises more images of “a raw, unguarded Woods” taken by Annie Leibovitz before the scandal hit, when the issue reaches newsstands on Wednesday.

At VanityFair.com, Leibovitz had this to say about the images: “Tiger is an intensely competitive athlete – and quite serious about his sport. I wanted to reveal that in these photos. And to show his incredible focus and dedication.”

The magazine says the photos capture Woods “in prophetic isolation.”

The issue rolls out to newsstands in New York and L.A. on Wednesday and nationwide next Tuesday.