Utahns react to Tiger Woods' apology

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Millions of viewers paused to watch Tiger Woods' 13-minute teleconference Friday morning, including people right here in Utah.

It was one of those events that people actually planned their morning around. If you noticed someone walking into work a little bit late, they were probably watching.

At golf shops and at golf courses, there was really only one topic of conversation Friday.


"I thought he was sincere. I thought he was going to cry a few times. I got teary-eyed," said Roy Main.

It's been months since anyone has seen or heard from Woods. So his appearance Friday was certainly of high interest to golf enthusiasts.

Employees at Uinta Golf were watching at the golf shop Friday morning, including Wade Giacomo.

"It was very interesting. He was very apologetic. You can tell he feels bad -- but he should!" Giacomo said with a laugh.

Giacomo is a big Tiger Woods fan and says he was disappointed in what happened. His colleague John Austin said, for the most part, he was satisfied with what Woods said.

"I thought the sincerity was there, and that was the most important for me," Austin said. When asked if he thought Woods needed to apologize, Austin said, "Absolutely. He needed to apologize and get his face out there. That was important for him today."

The people KSL spoke to said no one will probably ever learn all the details about what happened -- nor should they.

Golfer Hayes Wood thinks too much has been said already and the media should let him get on with his life.

Wood said he heard what he wanted to hear or expected to hear out of him "to a certain extent. He was doing the song and dance today, that's what he was doing. He was saying the things that everybody wanted to hear."

Bob Rudd, the director of Golf at Central Valley Golf Course, said Woods surprised him by being so open about taking responsibility.

"He took a little more ownership than I thought he would, admitted some frailties, which is certainly different than what we've seen in the past," Rudd said.

Several of the people KSL talked to were disappointed that Woods was not more specific about when he'll return to golf. Some think he'll be back this year, while others believe he'll take the whole season off.

E-mail: kmccord@ksl.com

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