updated 02/19/2010 AT 11:35 AM ET
•originally published 02/19/2010 AT 11:10 AM ET
Tiger Woods publicly apologized Friday morning during a televised press conference, acknowledging that those gathered had supported him and now had cause to be critical of him.
“I want to say to each of you simply and directly: I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible, selfish behavior,” Woods, 34, said from a simple lectern at the TPC Sawgrass golf course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. “I know people want to find out how I could be so selfish and so foolish. People want to know how I could have done these things to my wife Elin and to my children. And while I have always tried to be a private person, there are some things I want to say.”
“Elin and I have started the process of discussing the damage caused by my behavior,” he explained, adding, “My real apology will not come in the form of words, but my behavior over time. We have a lot to discuss. What we say to each other will remain between the two of us.”
During his 15-minute remarks, the golfer explained that he sought in-patient therapy beginning in late December, where he received “guidance for the issues I’m facing.”
“I had a lot of time to think of what I have done,” he said. “My failures have made me look at myself in a way I never wanted to before.”