News / USA

Tiger Woods Apologizes to Golf Fans

Multimedia

Golf pro Tiger Woods ended nearly three months of silence Friday to speak publicly for the first time about the marital infidelities that led to his public fall from grace.  In what many say was a scripted and highly managed appearance at PGA Headquarters in Florida, the world's number one golfer apologized for letting down his fans and talked about his past, his present and his future.  

By far the best known golfer in the world, Tiger Woods, has been in hiding since the bizarre accident outside his Florida home in November that led to his stunning fall from grace.  

Since then, admissions of infidelity and revelations about extramarital relationships have become fodder for the tabloids.   

On Friday, a composed but contrite Woods spoke to a small group of reporters and friends to apologize. "I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife's family, my friends.  I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in," he said.

Woods spoke for more than 13 minutes in a tightly controlled setting that was covered live by the major television networks. Many journalists boycotted the event because questions were not allowed.  But Woods did offer some insight into his indiscretions. "I felt I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me.  I felt I was entitled," he said.

Woods was clearly hoping to put the scandal behind him, but whether his public apology will help or hinder his career remains to be seen.   "I do plan to return to golf one day, I just don't know when that day will be," he said.

Criticism has already been leveled at Woods for the timing of his statement  - coming in the middle of the first big golfing event of the year - the Accenture Match Play championship in Arizona.  

Accenture was the first sponsor to drop Woods after the scandal broke.  USA Today columnist Christine Brennan said, "Maybe this is an in your face moment for him.  It's certainly not a nice moment.  It is not a gentlemanly thing to do to steal the spotlight from all of his peers."

Professional Golf Association commissioner Tim Finchem doubts the timing of the event was a deliberate slap. But Finchem acknowledges Tiger's presence almost always guarantees a larger TV audience. "The good news from today is that one, he plans to return, two, he could return as early as this year, and three, he clearly has taken the first very visible step in the road to that return.  All of that pleases us a great deal," he said.

Woods has been in treatment at a sex addiction facility in Mississippi and plans to go back to resolve his personal problems.  Woods and his wife Elin are reportedly in counseling. She was conspicuously absent on Friday.  People Magazine's Steve Helling says what she does next could have a strong bearing on Tiger's future. "If Elin decides to forgive him and to stay with him, I think we will see a lot of his fans deciding to do the same," he said.

But some say Tiger Woods' future is in his own hands.  With golf's most prestigious event - the Master's Tournament - just weeks away, many people are wondering whether Golf's biggest star is ready for a comeback.

You May Like

China Investigates Former Powerful Security Chief

Former security chief and member of Politburo Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, under investigation for suspected 'serious disciplinary violation' More

India, US Look to Reset Ties During Kerry Visit

This week's talks will be first high level interaction between two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge More

Video Young African Leadership Program Renamed to Honor Mandela

YALI program, launched by President Obama in 2010, aims to build skills in business, entrepreneurship, public management and civic leadership More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid