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Tiger Woods finally tees it up this week at the Masters, but something about his return to golf doesn't feel quite complete. He has been apologizing in earnest and in abundance. On Monday, it was to the other players. Earlier, it was to his friends, fans, family, agents, Nike, his caddy, his golf ball, etc.
For the most part, everyone he's apologized to he's made silly rich, so does he really owe them an "I'm sorry?" But before Tiger goes and wins another green jacket this week (which I hope he does, and believe he can), he owes an apology to my mom.
People like my mother, the casual or non-golfing golf fan looking for someone to root for at the Masters, may be lost to him now because of his headline pastimes.
Golfer Tiger Woods spoke to the media and took questions Monday at the Augusta National Golf Club as he prepares to return to golf at the Masters Tournament this week. In his first news conference since scandal broke, Woods said the six weeks he spent in rehab for sex addiction changed him.
The following is the full transcript.
TIGER WOODS: Well, today I got a chance to play with Craig there - I'm sorry - Craig - Freddie. And then Jim joined us on the 13th hole. And it was - just, what a great day today.
Coming into today, I didn't know what to respect with regards to reception. And I'll tell you what, the galleries couldn't be nicer. I mean, it was just incredible.
And the encouragement that I got, and - it was just - it blew me away, to be honest with you. It really did.
And, you know, the people here over the years have been extremely respectful. But today was just something that really touched my heart pretty good.
I would also like to, I guess, make another little comment before we start.
Every week of the 2010 PGA Tour season, the editorial staff of the Sports Illustrated Golf Group conduct an e-mail roundtable.
David Dusek, deputy editor, Golf.com: Greetings from Augusta Ga., home of the 2010 Masters Toonamunt. The eyes of the world will be on Tiger Woods tomorrow when he gives his first press conference at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Let's make a turn down Magnolia Lane. What are people most interested in this week?
Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: Tiger on Thursday, then the leaders after that. Bring on the real golf!
Mark Godich, senior editor, Sports Illustrated: I want to see how all of the Euros do. Time for one of them to contend at Augusta.
Rick Lipsey, writer-reporter, Sports Illustrated: Curious what the "yahoo" moment of the week will be for Tiger, whether on or off the grounds.
A terrorist attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, killed two U.S. Consulate security guards and at least four others today, authorities said. All U.S. citizens were accounted for and the two consulate employees who died were Pakistani, according to a government official. The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing. Another bomb attack in the nearby Pakistani town of Timargarah killed more than 30 people earlier this morning. A Taliban spokesman said that more attacks are planned, with Americans as the target. What can be done to prevent and deter this form of extremism?
We’re also learning more about the 7.2 magnitude earthquake – and subsequent aftershocks – that hit northern Mexico, California, and Arizona on Sunday, killing at least two people and injuring 100. Pictures from Mexicali, the capital of Mexico’s Baja California state, show sides torn from buildings and roads destroyed. Seismologists say this quake could trigger others in the coming days.
And Tiger Woods returns to professional golf for the first time since his career was derailed last year after his admission of extramarital affairs. This year’s Masters is expected to be the most-watched golf event in history. Woods is set to give a short press conference at Augusta National this afternoon, opening up to reporters on live television for the first time. Are you interested in what he has to say?
The President also has sports on the brain today. He’ll kick it off at the White House, where he and First Lady Michelle Obama will host this year’s Easter Egg Roll. Some 30,000 people from all 50 states and DC are expected to attend the annual event on the South Lawn. Later on today, the President will throw out the ceremonial opening pitch at the Washington Nationals game. And tonight, given his predilection for basketball, we can expect Obama will be tuning in for the final match-up between the Butler Bulldogs and the Duke Blue Devils for the men’s NCAA Div 1 men’s basketball championship. Will you be watching? (Only during commercial breaks of AC360° , of course.)
And tomorrow, Anderson will return to Haiti with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. It’s been almost three months since the devastating earthquake that left more than 200,000 dead and many more homeless. We’ve been following developments in Haiti since then, speaking regularly to activists and aid workers on the ground. Anderson reports firsthand on the efforts to rebuild Haiti and the plan in place to ensure families have shelter and access to much-needed medical supplies.
What else are you following? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m.
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Golf's prodigal son is about to return. The question, as it has been since the beginning of time, is whether the parable is more about repentance or forgiveness.
Tiger Woods is coming back. He will play again at Augusta National Golf Club in the Masters Tournament, golf's rite of spring. The Masters is to golf what spring training is to America's pastime, baseball. It is all about eternal hope and renewal.
The Masters is a new beginning for golfers everywhere. How strange, then, to think of Tiger Woods as just another golfer in search of a new start. But that's what he faces when he tees it up April 8 at Augusta National, the course that Bobby Jones built to celebrate golf.
Woods' fall from grace has been precipitous. The cliff he threw himself over was steep. On Thanksgiving Day last year, his life changed forever.
On February 19, 2010, Tiger Woods made a statement about his infidelity, and talked about a plan to heal his marriage and restore his fans' faith. While we don't know the specifics about the therapy he received, we do know that he is returning to a lifestyle that includes an observance of Buddhism. Here is what he said:
"Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don't realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years.
Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes and unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously I lost track of what I was taught."
With his past of stardom, wealth, success, and glory, can Woods commit to the principles of Buddhism? Will it help put his family and career back on track? Let us know what you think, and tune in at 10pm ET for more on his return to golf.
Buddha is Not a God
The Buddha was an ordinary man, who 2,500 years ago saw clearly into the true nature of reality. As such, Buddha’s teachings are not set rules to follow, nor the only wisdom in the world. Rather, they should be seen as advice to consider, from someone who has ‘gone beyond’ everyday views, ideas, and conceptions. Many have also become ‘enlightened’ before Buddha, have since the Buddha, and will in the future.
Sex is Neither Bad nor Good
In Buddhism, it is less the act of sex, or when or with whom it is performed that is important. More important is the motivation, attachment, and consequences of any act.
Buddhism teaches that in an interconnected world, all actions have consequences (karma). The consequences of acts undertaken in this and earlier lifetimes will be felt in a next one, in a process known as reincarnation. It is a Buddhist aim to educate oneself and meditate in order to escape from this cycle of rebirth, to enter Nirvana.
Buddhism believes that our external situation is created by our internal minds. This is equally true for our health and the state of our bodies. Many Buddhists use meditation, mantras, and prayers alongside medicines to help heal themselves – see HealingMeditation.net for more information on how this is done.
It’s Good to Be Good
Buddhists believe in the idea of karma (a logical extension from everything being interconnected). What we do to others will ultimately affect ourselves.
Hence Buddhism advocates doing good deeds, but not just the following strict rules. It is up to the individual to consider the wisest course of action for their future long term happiness. Five precepts, or ‘guides’, are often given as advice as to actions that will often most lead to beneficial outcomes. They are: not to lie, steal or defraud, kill or injure others, hurt via sexual relationships, and to not further cloud your mind with too many intoxicants.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.
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A little over a week ago nearly every media outlet was fixated on Tiger Woods and his apology news conference. We saw pundits, columnists, journalists, radio talk show hosts, psychologists, body language experts, entertainers and anyone with an opinion weigh in on the sincerity of Tiger: Was he really sorry for committing adultery, should he apologize further and hundreds of other angles.
Some even described him as a fallen athlete who will lose millions of endorsements and a man who has destroyed the trust he built up with his fans. I even heard one woman say she needed Tiger to apologize, yet couldn't articulate why it mattered so much to her, especially since she wasn't his wife, kin to him, and wasn't a family friend.
Yet if there was ever one athlete we could truly place in that category of fallen athlete, it would be former NBA star Jayson Williams.