Miami, Mar 22: Days after announcing his return to professional golf at the US Masters in Apr 2010, scandal-tainted golfer Tiger Woods finally sat down and answered several questions in two separate interviews with Golf Channel and ESPN.
During the Golf Channel interview, when the world's number one golfer was asked how things got so out of control, he said, "Going against your core values. Losing sight of them. I quit meditating. I quit being a Buddhist. And my life changed upside down. I felt I was entitled, which I never had felt before. And consequently, I hurt so many people by my own reckless attitude and behavior."
"You strip away the denial, the rationalization and you come to the truth and the truth is very painful at times. And to stare at yourself and look at that person you've become, you become disgusted," Woods said in a response to another question.
In the ESPN interview, Woods acknowledged that his wife Elin had to right to be hurt and angry when he confessed to indulging in multiple extra-marital affairs.
"She was hurt, she was hurt. Very hurt. Shocked. Angry. And she had every right to be," he said.
Despite the insistence that the issue was a private and a family matter, Tiger Woods rendered a public apology last month.
Explaining the reason behind his decision to do so, Woods said that he owed a lot of people an apology.
"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. And that's why I had to apologize. I was so sorry for what I've done," he remarked.
The golfer also admitted that he was nervous about his planned comeback at the US Masters, where he not only won his first major title but also lifted the trophy four times.
"I don't know. I don't know. I am a little nervous about that, to be honest with you."
The interviews were broadcast simultaneously on Sunday, Mar 22.