Tiger Woods Apology Didn't Please Everyone

image6225048x.jpg
claremont McKenna college sophomore brittany isobe reacts while talking about golfer tiger woods after he publicly apologized to his wife friday, feb. 19, 2010
CBS

The women on college golf teams in Claremont, Calif., have yet to play a tournament this season, but some of them say they've already lost a role model, reports CBS News Correspondent Ben Tracy.

In his statement Friday, Tiger Woods said, "Parents used to point to me as a role model for their kids. I owe all of those families a special apology."

So will his many fans, young and old, forgive him?

"I think it was just shocking and kind of upsetting," said Scripps College student Kristina Block.

Photos: Tiger Apologizes
Watch Tiger Woods' Statement
Tiger Woods: Complete Coverage

They watched as Woods tried to claw his way out of his moral hazard, apologizing to his business partners, his foundation and the young golfers who idolized him. Some were forgiving.

"Everyone makes mistakes, and he realizes his mistakes," Block said.

Some felt for his wife.

"You're giving someone your heart, and he tore it out of her," Claremont McKenna College student Brittany Isobe said crying.

Some were still angry.

"No amount of apology or words is going to eradicate what he did," said Claremont McKenna student Kacie Curd.

Tiger's travails have earned him many former fans.

"My wife will never forgive him for what he did," one Californian said.

Neither apparently will one of Woods's alleged mistresses, who used up several more minutes of fame Friday.

"Tiger pursued me, and over time I fell in love with him, and he told me he loved me too," Veronica Siwik-Daniels said.

At the driving range, golfers took a swing at the media coverage surrounding his scandals.

"I think everyone should just leave Tiger Woods alone," one duffer said.

"I really think this mess is much ado about nothing," another golfer said.

On Twitter, Tiger is still a hero to some while for others his press conference was "like nails on a chalkboard."

"It's almost worse that he apologized in public," said Los Angeleno April Hunt. "He should have kept it personal and dealt with what he needs to deal with at home."

"Deeply Sorry" Tiger Unsure of Golf Return
And There It Is: Tiger's Polished Apology
Tiger's Mother Defends Her Son





Some of Woods's biggest fans now have a tough task: separating his performance on the golf course from what he's done as a person.

"As a person I just I can't aspire to be like him anymore," Curd said.

"We can encourage kids to emulate the way Tiger plays," said sports psychologist Dr. Casey Cooper, "but not emulate the way Tiger lives, and I think that's a very important distinction."

That's a distinction easier to make now that his life has gotten so off course.

  • Ben Tracy
    Ben Tracy On Twitter»

    Ben Tracy is a CBS News senior national and environmental correspondent based in Washington, D.C.