Posted: Feb 19, 2010 6:22 PM by Jon Carrere
Updated: Feb 19, 2010 6:22 PM
Four months ago Tiger Woods' fall from grace was swift.
A sports icon with a squeaky-clean image, overnight, became the butt of late-night jokes.
On an Episode of Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel the comidian advised, "a little hint for the fellas, when you leave a message on your mistresses voice mail, skip past your name."
Friday morning he stepped before cameras and for 13 minutes apologized to family, friends, fans and sponsors.
"I have let you down personally and professionally," said Woods.
For some the apology is enough.
"Just watching him this morning brought me to tears knowing that he is truly sorry for what he has done," says golf mom Melissa Miller.
Local radio host and sports writer Kevin Foote says Woods can and most likely will reclaim his image and his place in the sport.
"With a combination time-healing and success, I think it does make a difference," says Foote.
He says the scandal, over time, can actually play to Tiger's advantage.
"I think he's going to have more of a chip on his shoulder when he comes back to play to prove that he can be what he was before as a golfer, if he can overcome all the personal stuff."
Tiger says he won't return to golf until he completes his sex therapy.