Reaction to Woods' statement

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Nick Faldo today said Tiger Woods' emotional statement still left a big question to be answered - when will the world number one return to golf?

"He's made a complete apology," Faldo told the Golf Channel.



"Cut to the bottom line - it's not about words, it is about actions. It's all down to actions.



"I personally think if Tiger wants to be a family man...get out and play some golf and bring the whole family out with him.



"It has left a big question mark - when is he going to return? We have had the apology but as golfers we are back at square one."

Mark O'Meara, a long-standing close friend of Woods and fellow tour professional, was impressed by today's statement.

"Today was a step in the right direction," O'Meara said on Sky Sports News.



"He's doing the right things. He's going to take his time and make the right decisions.



"Tiger's a very intelligent person. He's meant a lot to the game and he's meant a lot to me and my family.



"I know he's very regretful for what he's done; he's shown that today.



"His actions will speak more than the words for how he conducts himself over the rest of his life."



O'Meara had no doubt Woods' show of emotion during the press conference was genuine.



"He's sincere by what he's saying," O'Meara said.



"I think he was very genuine, that's Tiger.



"Tiger is a very protected individual - he doesn't really show a lot of emotion a lot of times.



"We know what kind of champion he is on and off the golf course but this is a big battle he's fighting right now.



"He's going to show to the people he can be a champion off the course."



O'Meara added: "I love the kid.



"I know I've said before I was disappointed about what happened - who wouldn't be? - but with disappointment comes hope.



"My hope for Tiger and his family, for Elin and the kids, is they work through this issue and Tiger gets back to what I know he's capable of doing - winning tournaments, smiling, showing the people of this great game he can be the person they want him to be."



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