"What have you been up to?"
The audience laughed and tittered nervously. But all joking aside, Woods' appearance signaled that he's ready to face the spotlight again.
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"That is like a magical thing to happen, your awful pain," joked Fallon. "And we laughed at your pain. I mean, not even making jokes. It kind of wrote itself."
Woods graciously smiled and played the good sport throughout Fallon's good-natured ribbing.
Although Woods has not all that chatty on "Late Night," he did open up to "Good Morning America" about being a newly-single father.
It's work, there's no doubt," the golfer. "It's tough. But it's enjoyable. That's the work I love."
A humbled Woods also admitted: "Family's first. That's the way it was when I was growing up. My mom and dad were always there … and that's what I have with my kids now."
Whether or not the image rehab tour will work for Woods' reputation, of course, remains to be seen
A clip from Woods' "Late Night" appearance: