OK, it has been a few hours since Tiger Woods did his thing in front of some friends, employees, PGA Tour execs and his mother. Plenty of time for us media types to make profound judgments filled with pithy terminology.

We don’t know if Woods’ words were a bunch of self-serving hot air and won’t for a long time. Certainly not until this has all played out which will probably take years.

Being someone who was critical of him and his handlers for almost every aspect of the situation that reflected his selfish ‘control at any cost’ view of the world this today did seem to be slightly different.

It would have been better if he had made this first appearance in a less micromanaged setting but very importantly it seemed for the very first time the statement he was reading was not written by PR weenies – maybe the words were even his own. Good. No, great, a wonderful first step on the road to being a great husband and father, which as those of us in the real world know, is all important and has nothing to do with being a great golfer.

In part he said, “I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn’t have to go far to find them.” So maybe he has matured some and found out just because you can do something doesn’’ mean you should.

When will he be back? Let the speculation begin. There is a measurable probability he won’t, i.e., he will take his millions and hopefully his lovely wife and cute children and say, “To heck with it. My privacy is more important.”

But, golf needs Tiger Woods. Not just the PGA Tour but golf in general so let’s hope he is away only a short time, comes back and lives the exempleary life we all thought he was living.

I’m pulling for him.