Woods 'nervous' about golf return

Tiger Woods to compete in US Masters after sex scandal cost him sponsors and fans.

    Woods admitted to cheating on his wife but said the issues remain a private matter between them [AFP]

    Woods, who announced last week that he would be playing the Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia which is set for April 8 to 11, declined to answer some questions and restricted the interview to five minutes.

    Asked about the November incident, when he appeared to crash his car metres from his home amid an acrimonious dispute with Elin Nordegren, his wife, he said "it's all in the police report. Beyond that, everything's between Elin and myself and that's private".

    'Hurt so many'

    Woods said he was "excited" to get back and play golf and "to see the guys again".  He promised that his return to golf would not prevent him from continuing with his treatment, although he declined to give details on the treatment.

    "I will have more treatment and more therapy sessions. And as far as my
    schedule going forward, I don't know what I'm going to do. ... I don't know
    what I'm going to do in the future, either.

    "But what I know I have to do is become a better person and that begins
    with going to more treatment."

    While Woods and his family maintained media silence in the weeks following November's publicised clash, several women came out in the open, claiming to have had affairs with the golfer.

    "I've done some pretty bad things in my life. And uh, all came to a head," Woods said.

    Asked about the "depth of his infidelity," Woods replied "well, just one is, is enough. And obviously that wasn't the case.

    "I've hurt so many people, and so many people I have to make an amends to."

    Later in the interview, Woods said "I tried to stop and I couldn't stop. And it was just, it was horrific.'

    Dropped by sponsors

    After details of his private life became public, he was dropped as an endorser by corporate sponsors such as Accenture Plc and AT&T Inc..

    Woods also said he realised he became the subject of many jokes.

    "It was hurtful, but then again you know what, I did it," Woods said.

    "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 behaviour. It's hard to believe that was me looking back on it now."

    Woods announced on December 11 that he would take an "indefinite break'' from
    golf and was in a Mississippi clinic from the end of that month until early February.

    Woods will return to the Masters four wins shy of tying Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 titles in the four professional majors.

    He has not missed the tournament since 1995 and has won four titles at Augusta National Golf Club.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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