This weekend, Tiger Woods gave his first one-on-one interviews since his November career immolation, and his answers were a little vague. So vague, you could almost rearrange his responses at random, which gave us an idea for a game ...
America was concerned when the world's greatest golfer was lying on the ground with no shoes at 2:30 in the morning, bleeding, what happened that night?
A lot has transpired in my life. A lot of ugly things have happened. Things that.....I've done some pretty bad things in my life. And uh, all came to a head. But now, after treatment, going for inpatient treatment for 45 days and more outpatient treatment, I'm getting back to my old roots.
How did you crash the car?
Going against your core values, losing sight of it. I quit meditating, I quit being a Buddhist, and my life changed upside down. I felt entitled, which I had never felt before. Consequently, I hurt so many people by my own reckless attitude and behavior.
Were there moments you thought you should stop, but didn't?
Well, just one is, is enough. And obviously that wasn't the case, and I've made my mistakes. And as I've said, I've hurt so many people, and so many people I have to make an amends to, and that's living a life of amends.
You went from becoming recognized as the greatest golfer in the world to becoming a punch line. How did that make you feel?
A lot better now. I was living a life of a lie. I really was. And I was doing a lot of things, like I said, that hurt a lot of people. And stripping away denial and rationalization 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.
You've said you've made transgressions. How would you, in your own words, describe the depth of your infidelity?
Yeah, I tried to stop and I couldn't stop. It was just, it was horrific.
You said you were in treatment. The simple question is, for what?
I'm starting to get my feel back. I know how to play the golf course and that helps a lot. I just got to play it.
How do you know you'll be ready for the Masters?
That's a private matter as well. But I can tell you what, it was tough, it was really tough to look at yourself in a light that you never want to look at yourself, that's pretty brutal.
What's the difference between the man who left Augusta national a year ago and the one who is about to return?
It was hurtful, but then again you know what, I did it. I'm the one who did those things and looking back on it now with a more clear head, I get it. I can understand why people will say these things because you know what, it was disgusting behavior. As a person, it's hard to believe that was me, looking back on it now.
Eleven months ago, here at Isleworth, I asked you, 'How well does the world know you?' What's your answer to that now?
It's all in the police report, they investigated it and they have it on public record; there's a lot of stuff between Elin and I that will remain private and that's about it.
Tiger, you've been a master of control your entire life, how did things get so out of control?
I wasn't going very fast, but unfortunately, I hit a few things.
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