Tiger has put out a statement admitting to "transgressions" that have hurt his family. Of course no details of those transgressions, but at least he owning up to making poor decisions.
He is right, that the details are his famil's not for the public. His mistake in dealing with all this was to act like nothing happened. When you are a public figure and either deny everything or act like it never happened when there is mounting evidence to the contrary, it only gets worse.
The press seems to go away when you simply admit you screwed up and won't let it happen again. The denials cause more problems that the actual deed.