DORAL, FL - MARCH 12: Tiger Woods reacts to a tee shot on the fourth hole hits his tee shot during the third round of the 2011 WGC- Cadillac Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa on March 12, 2011 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
"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.
"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: