Tiger Woods aced his press conference this morning.
This recovery shot came from his heart and soul.
It was a beautiful swing with perfect contact–better than the 6-iron out of the bunker over water onto the green at the 2000 Canadian Open.
Maybe his father was right to an extent that even he did not comprehend? His greatness like most great golfers will come off the golf course not on it.
Want to be a leader?
Show us you are human, and Tiger did that this morning. None of us in this world are perfect, admittedly so or otherwise.
Many are born into situations where they are overwhelmed and their behavior is instinctive, though not socially acceptable.
What better human role model can there be than one who had everything possible on earth, lost everything of value, changed his way, and regained his statue in a more meaningful manner?
As Tiger knows and clearly stated, "It's not what you achieve in life that matters, it is what you overcome."
Fame and fortune means little in the big picture of things.
All it really means is that more is asked of you in terms of giving back.
"I ran straight through the boundaries feeling entitled to enjoy all the temptations around me. I was wrong. I am sorry," were Tiger's heartfelt words of confession.
Though admittedly Buddhist, this is certainly also a Christian Lenten message.
What would our world be like if each of us truly worked on self-improvement instead of self-gratification?
Tiger wants to resurrect Tiger.
Tiger's no god and he knows it–he only wants to be the best human being he can possibly be.
That's a good thing–what is wrong with that?
Maybe the real story here is the mirrored image of ourselves that emerges when we realize we should treat him like a human being and judge ourselves a bit more than judging others.
Tiger Woods started a wonderful dialogue today.
Yes, it was one-sided but understandably so after 45 days of in-patient intense treatment.
It's obvious he has been in dialogue with the one person that matters the most to him–his wife Elin. The reflective husband mentioned "Elin and me" four times in his 13 minute speech. He continues to be a father to daughter Sam Alexis and son Charlie Axel.
His priorities are clear.
All is right today as Tiger has found the patience, faith, and desire needed to live freely and honestly in the world again.
There was never any domestic violence between Elin and Tiger.
"Elin has shown enormous grace and poise. Elin deserves praise, not blame."
"For all I have done I am deeply sorry, I have a lot to atone for."
"Stay away from my family–please leave my wife and kids alone."
"I did not use performance enhancing drugs."
"I do plan to return to golf one day. I just don't know when that one day will be. I don’t rule out that it will be this year."
"Today I want to ask for your help. I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again," were his solemn and contrite words today.
This is Tiger's spiritual injury.
It took him nine months to return to golf after reconstructive surgery in the summer of 2008.
How long does it take for a person to change oneself and heal spiritually?
Remember this is the "Year of the Tiger" on the Chinese zodiac calendar and it started on February 14th–Valentine's Day.
Real gods, golf gods, and love work in mysterious ways.
Tiger is working on getting his spiritual life in balance with his professional life and becoming more centered on important things–his wife and kids.
The heartfelt embrace with his mother afterwards, the person who gave him life, said it all. A mother forgives a son, whether a wife does is to be determined.
I hope Tiger gets better and Elin does forgive him.
As the tour motto goes, "Together, anything is possible..."
Joy is felt today as we now know Tiger is on the road to recovery and back to the game of golf.
Who knows maybe Joy will be the name of Tiger and Elin's third child?
Andy Reistetter is a freelance golf writer. He follows the PGA TOUR volunteering and working part time for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and The Golf Channel.
He resides in Jacksonville Beach, Florida near the PGA TOUR headquarters and home of The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.