Florida :Tiger Woods' public apology had the whole world glued to TV sets and in New York, investors and stock brokers were so busy watching Woods eating humble pie over his misdemeanours that trading volume on the New York Stock exchange fell to 1 million shares in the minute the golf star's speech started, the lowest level of the day.
Trading volume shot up to 6 million when the speech ended.
Missing his smile and aura of invincibility, Tiger Woods finally showed his face to a waiting world on Friday and apologized for cheating on his wife, without revealing the scope of his infidelity or when he will return to golf.
Standing at a podium before a presidential-blue backdrop in a hushed room of his closest associates, Woods stumbled a few times as he read a 13 1/2-minute statement. He offered no new details of what happened or what's next, except that he was leaving on Saturday for more therapy.
Woods did not say how much longer he would be in therapy, only that "I have a long way to go."
"I do plan to return to golf one day," Woods said. "I just don't know when that day will be. I don't rule out that it will be this year. When I do return, I need to make my behavior more respectful of the game."
Just as unpredictable was the future of his marriage. Woods said he and his wife have started discussing the damage he has done.
"As Elin pointed out to me, my apology to her will not come in the form of words. It will come from my behavior over time," Woods said. "We have a lot to discuss. However, what we say to each other will remain between the two of us."
After an embrace with his mother, Woods hugged the two women who sat on either side of her _ Amy Reynolds, formerly of Nike who now works for Tiger Woods Design, and Kathy Battaglia, who is Woods' administrative assistant at ETW Corp.
He made his way down the front row and greeted others _ his chief financial officer, Web site administrator, U.S. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and Notah Begay, who played with Woods at Stanford University and withdrew from the U.S. PGA Tour event in Mexico.
Woods remained composed throughout the statement, pausing briefly before the first of several apologies. At times, however, he looked into the camera almost on cue. Begay said he got choked up listening, and felt his words were sincere.