Tiger Woods told family and friends on Friday he was "deeply sorry" for irresponsible and selfish behavior as he broke his self-imposed silence on the sex scandal that engulfed him last year.

The 14-time major champion said he did not know when he would return to golf, but didn't rule out that it would be this year, in an emotion filled nationally televised address where he repeatedly apologized to family and his legion of fans.

First however, he planned to return to therapy, after already spending 45 days receiving treatment as an in-patient.

Woods had not spoken in public since a mysterious car crash on November 27 triggered revelations about marital infidelity.

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"Whatever my wrongdoings, for the sake of my family, please leave my wife and kids alone."

-- With AFP