In the strangest of settings, Tiger Woods gave a 13-minute, nationally televised public confession Friday morning before mostly friends and family members at a Florida country club, admitting to having several affairs and at one point saying, “I have a lot to atone for.”
Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren, did not appear to be present for Woods’ statement, after which he took no questions from the few media members who were allowed in the room at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
“I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior that I’ve been involved in,” Woods said early in the statement. And that pretty much set the tone for his first public statement since a sex scandal broke in November Friday before a roomful of mostly friends and supporters near his home in Windemere, Fla.
Woods appeared emotional, speaking slowly as he read from a prepared statement.