PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL (WCSC) - With tearful, distraught looks, a penitent Tiger Woods said Friday he was sorry for his "irresponsible and selfish behavior" in a press conference that marked the first time the golf star has publicly addressed the sex scandal that has consumed his life since late last year.
"I know I have bitterly disappointed all of you," Woods said. "I am embarrassed that I have put you in this position. I have a lot to atone for."
Woods said he had attended therapy for a 45-day period "to receive guidance for the issues I am facing." Woods said he will return to therapy Saturday.
The big question, in the eyes of many fans, media and likely the members of the PGA Tour, was whether Woods would return to golf. He said he did not know when he would return, but it would be marked by behavior that was "more respectful to the game."
"I have a long way to go," said Woods.
He also chastised the media for "stalking" his family in the aftermath of the scandal, saying very pointedly, "Leave my wife and kids alone."
His wife, Elin, did not appear to be in the room. Seated in the front row were his mother, Kultida; PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem; and Stanford roommate and fellow pro Notah Begay.
Woods spoke from the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA Tour.