Woods 'lived a lie', nervous about fan response
Tiger Woods, in his first interview since he was engulfed by a sex scandal, said he lived a lie and that he is nervous about the reception he will receive when he returns to golf at the US Masters next month.india Updated: Mar 22, 2010 13:35 IST
Tiger Woods, in his first interview since he was engulfed by a sex scandal, said he lived a lie and that he is nervous about the reception he will receive when he returns to golf at the US Masters next month.
Woods told ESPN, in an interview which will be broadcast at 19.30 ET on Sunday, that he did not know what kind of response he will get when he plays at Augusta in the Masters next month.
"I don't know, I don't know, 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 I also hope they clap for birdies too" said Woods.
The world number one and 14 times major winner has admitted to multiple extra-marital affairs and said his life became a lie.
"I was living a life of a lie, I really was. And I was doing a lot of things that hurt a lot of people. And stripping away denial and rationalisation you start coming to the truth of who you really are and that can be very ugly.
"But then again, when you face it and you start conquering it and you start living up to it, the strength that I feel now. I've never felt that type of strength," he said.
Woods did not discuss details about his affairs but said that "just one is enough and obviously that wasn't the case".
"I hurt a lot of people, not just my wife. My friends, my colleagues, the public, kids who looked up to me.
"There were a lot of people that thought I was a different person and my actions were not according to that. That's why I had to apologise. I was so sorry for what I had done," he said.
Woods has been receiving treatment at a rehab clinic and said he found that a difficult experience.
"It was really tough to look at yourself in a light you never want to look at yourself, that's pretty brutal."
First Published: Mar 22, 2010 07:59 IST