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.