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Tiger Woods Apology: Tiger Makes His Public Act of Contrition

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IFebruary 19, 2010

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  Tiger Woods makes a statement from the Sunset Room on the second floor of the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA Tour on February 19, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Woods publicly admitted to cheating on his wife Elin Nordegren but maintained that the issues remain 'a matter between a husband and a wife.'  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto, domo....

It's over for now. Tiger Woods made his major act of contrition in Jacksonville Friday. He stood there, without much emotion, he read, and read some more and read some more.

He was not at ease. He was robotic and obviously uncomfortable.

Methodically, he covered all the bases.

And he confirmed that he is who we thought he is.

He admitted he has been a self-centered, selfish human being who felt that he could get away with whatever he wanted. He felt rules of decency did not apply to him.

Money and fame had gone to his head.

He begged for forgiveness and says he'll turn it all around—he'll become a better person.

He said he's going back to Buddha, as he was raised a Buddhist.

Surprisingly, he gave no hint on his return to competitive golf, although we saw images of a smiling Tiger Woods working on his swing yesterday at Isleworth, looking like he didn't have a care in the world, flashing that trademark smile of his.

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"I need to make my behavior more respectful of the game," he said, telling us that he might be better behaved on the course in the future.

After asking basically EVERYONE for forgiveness, he hugged his mom and promptly disappeared behind the curtains.

"It's not what you achieve in life that matters—it's what you overcome," Woods said during his first public appearance since his world fell apart last November.

He's achieved a lot, for sure.

Now let's see how much he can overcome.

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