Eric Gay/AP
February 19, 2010 04:10 PM

Tiger Woods delivered his remarks Friday before a handpicked audience that included family, close friends and members of the professional golf community.

Sitting in the front row: the athlete’s mother Kultida, whom he hugged first after finishing his speech. On her right, Amy Reynolds, of Nike, cried through the speech. Kathy Battaglia, of Tiger Woods Enterprises, sat on the golfer’s mother’s left.

Also in the front row: Rob McNamara (in a cream-colored blazer), PGA commissioner Timothy Finchem (in a red tie) and his close friend, and fellow Stanford University grad, golfer Notah Begay III (far left).

Begay was supportive of his friend, and noted how difficult it is to come forward with such personal admissions.”The sincerity of his remarks and the thoughtfulness in his message was very apparent,” Begay told reporters. “It’s tough to get any man in America just to go marriage counseling, let alone go into a 45-day rehabilitation … Plus he s going back tomorrow, and that tells me that he s trying to learn about the issues.”

After the press conference, Finchem echoed the sentiment, telling reporters he thought this “was a good step. I thought he did a very good job of communicating the way he thought and what he thinks about where he is.”

From left: Kathy Battaglia, Kultida Woods and Amy Reynolds watch Tiger

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