PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods says he is 'deeply sorry' for irresponsible and selfish behavior. He apologized for having affairs and says he is unsure when he will return to competitive golf.
Woods spoke for more than 13 minutes Friday from the clubhouse at the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA Tour. About 40 people were in the room, including his mother. His wife was not obviously present.
Woods said he is solely responsible for his actions and was in treatment for 45 days. He said he will return for more therapy. He also insists there were no instances of domestic abuse in his marriage.
The world's No. 1 golfer had not talked in public since his traffic accident Nov. 27 triggered shocking revelations about Woods' infidelity.
Woods also said his wife Elin deserves "praise not blame," and he denied that he has even been involved in domestic violence or used performance enhancing drugs.
He also said he would be leaving tomorrow for more treatment and more therapy.
Friday's event was tightly controlled, with only a few journalists allowed to watch Woods live. Woods was dressed in a suit with an open collar shirt. There were no visible marks on him.
"I am sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior that I engaged in."
"I have made you question who I am and how I could have done the things I did. I am embarrassed that I have put you in this position. For all that I have done I am so sorry."
"I know my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself normal rules didn't apply. I never thought about who I was hurting, instead I thought only about myself."
"It's now up to me to make amends, and that starts by never repeating the mistakes I made. It's up to me to start living a life of integrity."
"I do plan to return to golf one day, I just do not know when that day will be."
"Today I want to ask for your help and ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again."