Tiger Woods: 'I'm Not The Same Man I Was A Year Ago'

Tiger Woods - 2010
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The golfer pens an essay for Newsweek about his infidelities and his return to the game.

In a departure from his telecasted apologies following the parade of his alleged infidelities, Tiger Woods has penned a revealing essay chronicling his journey of humility and self-discovery.

Nearly a year following his Thanksgiving car crash which began his public cheating scandal, Woods opened up in Newsweek about how the game that defined him possibly led to his personal downfall.

"Golf is a self-centered game, in ways good and bad. So much depends on one’s own abilities. 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."

Admitting that he was first wary of reflection ("I was scared of what I would find-what I had become"), Woods has learned to shift his priorities.  "I’m not the same man I was a year ago. And that’s a good thing," he wrote after emphasizing that he still had much to work on.

Besides the time he has spent with his two children Charlie and Sam, Woods finds hope in the response he has received from golf fans.

"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. When I go to the store, or to work out, or to grab lunch, I’ve been amazed by the considerate, encouraging words I hear. I’ve realized that those sentiments are not merely courtesies but generous expressions of compassion for which I’ll always be thankful."