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East Texas women react to Woods apology

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Exactly 12 weeks after the car wreck that started it all, golfer Tiger Woods emerged from hiding Friday morning. Friends and family sat in a small room and millions watched on TV As a reserved, but remorseful Woods addressed his past conduct.

But, was his apology sincere? 

"I have a long way to go, but I have taken my first steps in the right direction," said Woods.

First steps, but baby ones.

"It will never take back what he did and the way he hurt his wife and his family," said Katie Johnson.

"I think words are words," said Keely Burks. "I think when you see his actions after all this, that's when the difference can be made."

Monica Pettypool used to be one of Woods's biggest fans.

"I think he needs more than an apology," said Pettypool. "I think he's disappointed a lot of his fans and I'll never feel the same about him."

"Parents used to point to me as a role model for their kids," said Woods.

"I hope my kids don't look up to him as a role model," said Johnson. "There's so many other people like Phil Mickelson and things like that who are good family men and they're decent people"

But, in spite of all Woods's transgressions, some still feel he is a decent person, too.

"It takes a big man to admit he was wrong for everything and then some he's a great great great golf player," said Connie Mcanally.

Apologies aside, forgiveness does not come easy.

"I tell you what, it may work but it might not," said Ozie Carie. "He just overdid it."

Carie says marriage isn't as sacred as it used to be.

"These people like him they think they can get away with anything and see that happens with a lot of these athletes. They think they can get away with anything, do what they want to and get away with it."

Woods could not escape millions of TV screens Friday, or the absence of his wife.

"I wouldn't be standing there today," said Roseanne Hodge.

"I think I would've been gone," said Burks.

Can a person change?

"I think that's a very hard question," said Julie Dowell. "Can anybody change? That's very indepth inside them and that's how badly he wants to change."

"I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again," said Woods.

Fans say that day may be a long time coming.

While many knew the public apology was coming, the biggest Woods surprise was his announcement of an indefinite absence from golf. Woods says he plans to continue therapy to get his life back on track and did not rule out returning to the tour by the end of the year.

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