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Tiger Woods Public Statement: 'I Will Return to Golf'

Tiger Woods Practices Near His Home In Orlando
Tiger Woods practices golf outside his home on February 18, 2010 in Windermere, Florida. Woods will make a statement at the PGA Tour headquarters this Friday morning (February 19, 2010), according to a notice on the PGA's web site. (Getty Images)more pics »Tiger Woods' public statement today was an emotional one, as he admitted that he cheated and is to blame for the affair scandal that rocked the headlines late last year. In the first public appearance since the ordeal, he had tears in his eyes and said: "I was unfaithful, I had affairs, I cheated. What I did was unacceptable, and I am the only one to blame."

Tiger Woods apologized for his affair scandal today, and to his wife Elin Nordegren. (Getty)
He also talked about his return to golf. He said he has not ruled out returning to the game this year. But first he is going back to rehab tomorrow to continue his therapy. He said about his career: "I will return to golf one day, but I do not know when that day will be."

He also talked about getting back to his Buddhist roots, and said he needs to reconnect with the spirituality his mom, Kultida Woods, taught him. Most importantly, he addressed his relationship with his wife Elin Nordegren, who was not present during the statement.

The golf great said: "Some believe believe Elin either hurt or attacked me on that Thanksgiving night. There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage, ever," he said. "Elin has showed enormous grace and poise throughout this ordeal. Elin deserves praise, not blame."

He ended the speech with a pointed request to his fans and those around him: "Today I ask for your help, to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again."

Check out a timeline of Tiger's affairs here.

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  • Tiger Woods Practices Near His Home In Orlando
  • Tiger Woods Practices Near His Home In Orlando
  • Tiger Woods Practices Near His Home In Orlando
  • Tiger Woods Practices Near His Home In Orlando
  • Tiger Woods Practices Near His Home In Orlando
  • Tiger Woods Practices Near His Home In Orlando
  • Tiger Woods Practices Near His Home In Orlando
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