Is Tiger For Real?

Tiger Woods said he's sorry, but did he mean it? The jury is still out on Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods makes his pleaWhile some felt Tiger's speech was humble and heartfelt, others thought it sounded stilted, scripted and insincere. "Staged, yes. Awkward, yes. Authentic? Well that's the mystery that remains to be seen," said psychotherapist Jane Shure on HuffingtonPost.com.

Others wondered why it took Tiger so long to speak out. The story broke over Thanksgiving weekend and Tiger's statement wasn't made until after Valentine's Day -- and after the media storm had started to die down. In fact, one golf great calls Tiger's timing "selfish."

"It's selfish," former US Open and British Open champion Ernie Els told Golfweek. "You can write that. I feel sorry for the sponsor. Mondays are a good day to make statements, not Friday. This takes a lot away from the golf tournament."

The tournament in question was the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, sponsored by the first company to drop Tiger's contract.

In contrast, ESPN.com's Bob Harig thinks for better or worse, Tiger seems to be evolving. "Friday's effort by Tiger, however much it is analyzed, sought to get him back on track," Harig wrote. "Whether you believe it to be brilliant or scripted, heartfelt or arrogant -- among the many words used to describe the statement -- Woods did take ownership of the situation by saying 'I recognize I have brought this on myself.'"

Even Olympian Lindsey Vonn gave her opinion. In describing the post-speech hugs Woods received from friends and family, Vonn said, "They're like, 'Yeah, you're awesome, you go have that sex.' "

Noticeably absent from the televised speech was Tiger's wife Elin, leading many to believe she would not be forgiving her husband any time soon, despite her appearance in full Nike regalia the day before. However, sources say Elin and the kids have accompanied Tiger to Arizona where a plane registered to his corporation was spotted at a local airport and the golfer is rumored to be heading back into sex rehab.

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Comments on "Reaction to Tiger Woods' statement mixed"

kathy February 23, 2010 | 4:16 PM

I don't feel Tiger had to make any comment at all. This all is between he and his wife, that's it. To rip apart what he said is wrong. Also, I, hated the fact the media started to bring his kids into the picture. Im very glad Tiger is not talking to the media. Its none of their business. Give him the chance to work it out with Elin. I hope they can work it out and they stay together. Its alot, I know, let's give them hope and MEDIA leave them alone.

Sonia February 23, 2010 | 2:20 PM

OMG!!! I am so amazed that Tiger Woods' extra martial affairs are such big news. Why? Sure, adultery is wrong, but so is attacking someone with a golf club. Had the situation been reversed he would be in jail for domestic violence – she’s not. So, he is a not so bright man – dumb, as a matter of fact, but does that require such public scrutiny? What about their kids? Will someone please tell me why the women he kept/slept with even deserve to get any monetary gain from this fiasco? Give it a rest and let Mr. and Mrs. Woods work their problems out – in private.

Carmen February 23, 2010 | 2:04 PM

Tiger Woods has apologized to everyone and accepted that what he did was very wrong. Tiger confirmed he needs help and that he is receiving rehab to address his issues. Tiger said he wants to regain balance in his life to save the two things that are most important to him, his wife and his children. Tiger is trying to put his life back together and he has a right to do so. I wish them all the best. It is time that Tiger and his family move on with their life and for the media to get off their back!!!

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