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Tiger Woods gives a interview………

[ Through therapy, “I saw a person that I never thought I would ever become,” Woods told ESPN. ]

The Dog saw the interview…which ESPN ran every half hour…..My only impression was the man looks lost…….He knows he has to talk to the press and so is doing that…..There are going to be very few people that will be on his side…But the Dog thinks this golfer has lost his way ….and is trying to find his way back…..The good thing is he knows what he did…and that’s a start…..

Tiger Woods answered questions from reporters for the first time in four months Sunday in two separate five-minute interviews that aired simultaneously on ESPN and the Golf Channel.

In the interviews, which were taped near his home in Windermere, Fla., and aired at 7:30 p.m., Woods gave some of the reasons for and some of his reactions to the car accident in front of his home last November, and the sex scandal and resulting fallout that have sent him into rehabilitation for 45 days and dominated his life since.

Dressed in an olive sweater over a yellow golf shirt, Woods was far more relaxed and animated than he was during his live 15-minute apology last month. Though the questions from the ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi and Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel were as probative as the format allowed, Woods did not reveal a great deal more than he had in his original apology.

But he did reveal some. Once again accepting blame for the multiple incidents of marital infidelity and acknowledging the hurt he had caused to many of his family, friends and fans, Woods responded to a question from Tilghman with a vivid look at how he finally owned up to what he had done.

“You strip away the denial, the rationalization and you come to the truth,” he said, “and the truth is very painful at times, and to stare at yourself and look at the person you’ve become, you become disgusted.”

Woods was interviewed for the first time since he answered questions after he won the AustralianMasters last November. The machinations behind the process of setting up the interviews were nearly as interesting as the two five-minute slices. So was the news, offered by Tilghman, that Ari Fleischer, the former spokesman for President George W. Bush who had been advising Woods, was no longer part of his team.

The networks were each contacted last week by representatives of Woods offering the opportunity for the interview. The ground rules were simple, and the two main restrictions concerned time.

“The understanding was no restrictions on the questions,” said Vince Doria, the senior vice president and director of news at ESPN. “We were able to get the person we wanted to do it, Tom Rinaldi, and they wanted to place a five-minute limit on it, and an agreement that we wouldn’t air it until 7:30.”



ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi interviewed Tiger Woods on Sunday in Windermere, Fla. The interview was the first one granted by the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer since his Nov. 27 car accident outside his home. The following is a transcript of that interview.

Rinaldi: What’s the difference between the man who left Augusta national a year ago and the one who is about to return?

Woods: A lot has transpired in my life. A lot of ugly things have happened. Things that…..I’ve done some pretty bad things in my life. And uh, all came to a head. But now, after treatment, going for inpatient treatment for 45 days and more outpatient treatment, I’m getting back to my old roots.

Rinaldi: For a lot of people, the spark of those bad things is Nov. 27. Early that day, what happened?

Woods: Well, it’s all in the police report. Beyond that, everything’s between Elin and myself and that’s private.

Rinaldi: Why did you lose control of the car?

Woods: As I said … that’s between Elin and myself.

Rinaldi: If it’s a private matter, why issue a public apology?

Woods: Well, I owe 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. That’s why I had to apologize. I was so sorry for what I had done.

Rinaldi: You’ve said you’ve made transgressions. How would you, in your own words, describe the depth of your infidelity?

Woods: Well, just one is, is enough. And 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.

Rinaldi: You said you were in treatment. The simple question is, for what?

Woods: That’s a private matter as well. But I can tell you what, it was tough, it was really tough to look at yourself in a light that you never want to look at yourself, that’s pretty brutal.

Rinaldi: What’d you see?

Woods: I saw a person that I never thought I would ever become.

Rinaldi: Who was that?

Woods: Well, I had gotten away from my core values as I said earlier. I’d gotten away from my Buddhism. And I quit meditating. I quit doing all the things that my mom and dad had taught me. And as I said earlier in my statement, I felt entitled, and that is not how I was raised.

Rinaldi: Why not seek treatment before all of this came out?

Woods: Well, I didn’t know I was that bad. I didn’t know that I was that bad.

Rinaldi: How did you learn that? How did you learn it?

Woods: Stripping away denial, rationalization. You strip all that away and you find the truth.

Rinaldi: How do you reconcile your behavior with your view of marriage?

Woods: That’s living a life of amends and that’s just working at it each and every day.

Rinaldi: Given all that’s happened, what’s your measure of success at Augusta?

Woods: Well, playing is one thing. I’m excited to get back and play. I’m excited to get to see the guys again. 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.

Rinaldi: What reception are you expecting from fans?

Woods: I don’t know. I don’t know. I’m a little nervous about that to be honest with you.

Rinaldi: How much do you care?

Woods: It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there. But also hope they clap for birdies, too.

Rinaldi: Eleven months ago, here at Isleworth, I asked you, ‘How well does the world know you?’ What’s your answer to that now?

Woods: A lot better now. I was living a life of a lie. I really was. And I was doing a lot of things, like I said, that hurt a lot of people. And stripping away denial and rationalization you start coming to the truth of who you really are and that can be very ugly. But then again, when you face it and you start conquering it and you start living up to it. The strength that I feel now, I’ve never felt that type of strength.

Rinaldi: In the last four months, Tiger, what’s been the low point?

Woods: I’ve had a lot of low points. Just when I didn’t think it could get any lower, it got lower.

Rinaldi: An example?

Woods: When I was in treatment, out of treatment, before I went in, there were so many different low points. People I had to talk and face like my wife, like my mom.

Rinaldi: What was that moment like, either one?

Woods: They both have been brutal. They’ve both been very tough. Because I hurt them the most. Those are the two people in my life who I’m closest to and to say the things that I’ve done, truthfully to them, is … honestly … was … very painful.

Rinaldi: What was your wife’s reaction when you sat down and had that first conversation?

Woods: She was hurt, she was hurt. Very hurt. Shocked. Angry. And, you know, she had every right to be and I’m as disappointed as everyone else in my own behavior because I can’t believe I actually did that to the people I loved.

Rinaldi: I ask this question respectfully, but of course at a distance from your family life. When you look at it now, why did you get married?

Woods: Why? Because I loved her. I loved Elin with everything I have. And that’s something that makes me feel even worse, that I did this to someone I loved that much.

Rinaldi: How do you reconcile what you’ve done with that love?

Woods: We work at it.

March 21, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates, Women | ,

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