Tiger Woods took time out of his Masters prep for a few brief, no-holds-barred interviews on Sunday.
The pro-golfer did a five-minute, stand-up interview with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, who asked a lot of the questions the public has been asking for months.
The biggest question Tom asked was what impact Tiger thought his numerous affairs had on his life and what he’s learned.
“Well, just one is enough,” the golfer said. “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.”
Among the amends Tiger made were to fans and kids who looked up to him as a role model as he slept around with various women outside of his marriage.
"I was living a life of a lie. I really was," he said. "And I was doing a lot of things, like I said, that hurt a lot of people.”
But Tiger admitted that confessing his affairs to his mother and his wife, Elin Nordgren, were the most “brutal” because he is so close to them. He realizes that his actions hurt them more than anyone, but he also plans to speak with his kids about the issue as much as they would like when they are older.
Tom also asked why Tiger waited to seek treatment for sex addiction until after the scandal erupted in November.
“Well, I didn’t know I was that bad,” Tiger answered, “stripping away denial, rationalization. You strip that away and you find the truth.”
Now that Tiger has begun the work of repairing his home life, he would like to focus on making a successful return to his career by practicing for the Masters, which take place in Augusta, Georgia next month.
While public opinion has been harsh on the once-beloved golfer, Tiger is hopeful that he’ll receive a somewhat warm reception at the golf tournament. “I’m a little nervous about that to be honest with you,” he told Tom. “It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there.”
Still, this return to the fairway doesn’t mean that Tiger has tossed his plans to continue therapy for his sex addiction.
“I’m excited to get back and play, I’m excited to get to see the guys again,” he added. “I really miss a lot of my friends out there. I miss competing. But still, I still have a lot more treatment to do, and just because I’m playing, doesn’t mean I’m gonna stop going to treatment.”
— Sonya Eskridge