Below is our just-concluded liveblog of the Tiger Woods apology.

The key points:

  • He’s sorry.
  • Elin never hit him.
  • He’s doubling down on Buddhism.


10:55: The waiting begins…

10:59: And there’s the empty podium!

11:00: Where’s Tiger?

11:00: According to CNBC the announcement will not be about his golfing future.

11:01: Here he is! Just one minute late.

11:02: His face looks normal. Here’s not wearing a tie. "Many of you in this room are my friends.

11:02: "I want to say to each of you, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in"

11:03: We have a lot to discuss (me and Elin).

11:04: To those of you who worked for me, my behavior has caused considerable worry to my business partners.

11:04: Discussing his foundation work that he started with his father.

11:05: I’m embarrassed.

11:06: Elin’s attack was a fabrication!

11:06: There has never been an episode of violence in our marriage.

11:06: I am the only person to blame. I stopped living by the core values I was taught to believe in. I convinced myself the normal rules didn’t apply.

11:07: I felt I’d worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me… thanks to money and fame, I didn’t have to go far to find them.

11:07: I brought this shame on myself.

11:08: It’s now up to me to make amends.

11:08 "It’s not what you achieve in life that matters. It’s what you overcome."

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11:09: Yes, I was in therapy. I understand people have questions (about the marriage, etc.).

11:09: As far as I’m concerned, every one of these questions remain between Elin and me.

11:10: Performance-enhancing drugs rumor is "Completely and utterly false."

11:11: Please leave my wife and kids alone.

11:11: I owe it to my family to become a better person. I have a lot of work to do.

11:12: He’s going Buddhist! (Brit Hume suggested he become a Christian)

11:13: Starting tomorrow I will leave for more therapy!

11:14: I will return to golf, I just don’t know when.

11:15: I ask you to one day find room in your heart to forgive me.

11:15: Tiger ends his press conference, cries and hugs his mother (picture coming shortly).

11:16: And now he’s getting a series of bro-hugs from guys in the audience.

Watch the press conference below (in two parts):