In Interviews, Tiger Discusses Rehab and Return
In his first interviews in more than four months, Tiger Woods said Sunday that he had a lot more treatment to do and was anxious about how fans would react in his return to competitive golf.
"I'm a little nervous about that, to be honest with you," Woods told ESPN's Tom Rinaldi when asked what kind of reception he expected when playing in The Masters starting April 8. "It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there."
Woods granted ESPN and Golf Channel five-minute interviews at Isleworth Country Club in suburban Orlando, where he ran his SUV into a tree in the wee hours of Nov. 27 in front of his estate. The crash set off revelations of extramarital affairs and led to Woods taking an indefinite break from golf.
Woods was short with many of his answers. He declined to say for what problem he was seeking treatment - "That's a private matter" - declined to discuss specifics about the accident - "You know it's all in the police report" - and did not give any details about his infidelity - "Just one is enough, and obviously that wasn't the case."
When asked by Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman about his stunning fall from being one of sport's leading role models to being a punch line, Woods said, "It was hurtful, but then again I did it. Looking back now with a more clear head, I get it. I understand why people would say those things, because, you know what, it was disgusting behavior."
Woods also said "I've done some pretty bad things," noting he was solely responsible and no one in his inner circle knew. "It was all me."
About his time in rehab, Woods said, "It was really tough to look at yourself in a light you never want to look at yourself; that's pretty brutal. . . . But just because I'm playing doesn't mean I'm going to stop going to treatment."