Can Tiger win back his fans?

Four months ago the golfing world was rocked by a sensational and mysterious car crash involving sporting legend Tiger Woods. What followed was equally shocking as, one by one, a bewildering number of porn stars and cocktail waitresses splashed Tiger's scandalous affairs across tabloids the world over. But, one public apology later, Woods agreed to an interview yesterday for the first time since the scandal broke.

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Looking a little moist-eyed, Woods explained: "I hurt so many people by my own reckless attitude and behaviour. I tried to stop and couldn't stop."

The brief five-minute interview on ESPN, involved much regret and the oft-used 'I've let everybody down'-style whimpering. And when it came to the subject of his return to golf, Tiger said: "I'm a little nervous about that to be honest with you. It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there. But also hope they clap for birdies, too."

Clearly there is no doubting Tiger's sporting prowess but in view of his many indiscretions, will this first glimpse of his 'emotional side' be enough for the fans to forgive him? Woods' initial public apology appeared stilted and distant, with only his mother showing any real emotion. But now the PR machine is preparing for his return to the sporting arena, the wheels of regret and sympathy seeking are evidently in motion as he attempts to rebuild his shattered image.

Will it work or has Tiger irredeemably fallen from grace?