Honorary Standford Cardinal captain Tiger Woods holds his daugher, Sam, and speaks to his wife, Elin Nordegren, on the sidelines before the Cardinal game against the California Bears at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Palo Alto, California. (Getty Images)more pics »Elin Nordegren
was not present today at her husband Tiger Woods
' first in-person public statement. His mother, Kultida Woods
, was in the front row, but his blonde wife was nowhere in sight, although he apologized profusely about his affairs. He said, with tears in his eyes, that no words can fix his marriage, but he will change and prove himself to his wife. Elin Nordegren and baby Charlie (Photo Agency)
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 admitted to his wrongdoings, and admitted he used his fame, fortune, and talents to get what he wanted. "I was unfaithful, I had affairs, I cheated. What I did was unacceptable, and I am the only one to blame."
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. 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."
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