An emotional Tiger Woods apologised for his "irresponsible and selfish behaviour" today as the golf superstar broke his silence on the sex scandal that engulfed him last year. In a brutally honest self-assessment which was broadcast live across every major network in the United States, the 34-year-old confirmed he had been in rehab for 45 days where he was reportedly seeking treatment for sex addiction.
Repeatedly apologising to family, friends and fans, Woods gave no clue as to when he might return to professional golf, saying only that it would be "one day" and that it might possibly be this year. "I want to say to each of you simply and directly: I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behaviour I engaged in," Woods told a hand-picked audience of friends and journalists at the USPGA Tour Headquarters.
"For all that I have done, I am so sorry. I have a lot to atone for." Woods' squeaky clean image was left in tatters last year after a mysterious late-night car crash outside his home in Florida was followed by a string of lurid revelations about his personal life. More than a dozen women were linked to the billionaire sport star in the weeks following the car crash. Woods later admitted "transgressions" in his private life and had not been in public until this week.
Today he emerged before a spellbound nation to apologise and admit that he had been in a rehabilitation centre for 45 days and that he would return to therapy following his statement. * AFP