Tiger Woods has entered the confessional, again, this time to declare a new self-awareness and humility, stemming from the sordid sex scandal that ruined his marriage to Swedish beauty Elin Nordegren, and nearly wrecked his career.
Woods wrote a mea culpa in an essay in Newsweek magazine and appeared on ESPN radio, blaming his all consuming passion for golf as the root of his downfall.
In an interview this morning (Nov. 18) on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” Woods also discussed how his life has changed since the car accident last November and the sex scandal that followed.
“Golf is a self-centered game, in ways good and bad. So much depends on one’s own abilities,” he penned in his Newsweek essay.
“But for me, that self-reliance made me think I could tackle the world by myself. It made me think that if I was successful in golf, then I was invincible,” he wrote.
The hardest part of his journey to a new self-awareness was self-reflection, although, at first, he said, the thought scared him.
“I was scared of what I would find-what I had become,” he wrote. “I’m not the same man I was a year ago. And that’s a good thing,” noting that he still had much to work on.
“I was worried about how fans would treat me. But they’ve been kinder and more supportive than I ever imagined possible,” he wrote, adding, “That’s true away from the golf course, too.”
“I’ve realized that those sentiments are not merely courtesies but generous expressions of compassion for which I’ll always be thankful.”
Woods said he is “infinitely” happier than he was before the accident.
“[I’m] just more clear, more clear about my perspective, who I am, where I want to go,” Woods said. “It’s amazing how much better I feel internally each and every day.”