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Tiger Woods: 'I made terrible choices and repeated mistakes'

By Cindy Boren

Tiger Woods' golf game was a work in progress, even in September. (Jamie Squires / Getty Images)

As the first anniversary of The Thanksgiving Incident that Irreparably Changed His Life approaches, Tiger Woods chose to reflect on his very public divorce and what he's learned by contributing an essay to Newsweek. Oh, and he's also now on Twitter.

Last November, everything I thought I knew about myself changed abruptly, and what others perceived about me shifted, too. I had been conducting my personal life in an artificial way--as if detached from the values my upbringing had taught, and that I should have embraced.
The physical pain from that car accident has long healed. But the pain in my soul is more complex and unsettling; it has been far more difficult to ease--and to understand. But this much is obvious now: my life was out of balance, and my priorities were out of order. I made terrible choices and repeated mistakes. I hurt the people whom I loved the most. And even beyond accepting the consequences and responsibility, there is the ongoing struggle to learn from my failings.

Woods reveals that his relationship with his children has changed, too.

Slowly, I'm regaining the balance that I'd lost. My healing process is far from complete, but I am beginning to appreciate things I had overlooked before. I'm learning that some victories can mean smiles, not trophies, and that life's most ordinary events can bring joy. Giving my son, Charlie, a bath, for example, beats chipping another bucket of balls. Making mac and cheese for him and his sister, Sam, is better than dining in any restaurant. Sharing a laugh watching cartoons or reading a book beats channel-surfing alone. Some nights now, it's just me and the kids, an experience that's both trying and rewarding. Probably like the experience a lot of families have every evening around the world.


He had to live somewhere.

Woods needed:

A secluded home. Check.

In the tax haven that is Florida. Check.

With lots of places on which to work on his golf game. Check.

A kiddie pool, lap pool, dive pool, reflection pool and water fountain. Check, check, check, check, check.

An oxygen therapy room. Screech.

An oxygen therapy room? Let's reserve judgment. Who doesn't like oxygen?

Woods' $50-million home on 12 acres in Jupiter Island, Fla., has been completed, reports and just in time for a visit from the kids for the holidays.


In other Tiger news, it appears that he or someone close to him may perhaps be on Twitter. His account is verified, in any event. Maybe Stevie is advising him what to tweet.

What's up everyone. Finally decided to try out twitter!less than a minute ago via web

Is it really you? Ok, how many majors do you have? RT @TigerWoods: What's up everyone. Finally decided to try out twitter!less than a minute ago via ƜberTwitter

Yep, it's me. I think I like this twitter thing. You guys are awesome. Thanks for all the love.less than a minute ago via web

By Cindy Boren  | November 17, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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Anyone who has an IQ above room temperature knows that when you swap body fluids with someone, you exchange diseases that you and your partner have contact with. And, you also are also exposed to every disease that any of those have come into contact with. This disease chain goes on and on.
So, let us know how many diseases Tiger and his many partners shared.

Posted by: hurleyvision | November 17, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

This guy couldn't separate fantasy from reality. It got to the point he was allegedly with one of the most hardcore pornstars around. Just google "joslyn james movie" but make sure the kids aren't around before you click on any of the pretty vile links. No amount of counseling or therapy is bringing this guys life back to where it was. He went from every junior golfers role model to gutter trash in a year. It's going to be long road back to respectability, and he may never get even halfway back to the icon he was.

Posted by: baltomoreon | November 17, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"Terrible choices ... ?"

Now, is Tiger referring to his girlfriends' relative pulchritude, or what?

Personally, I think Joslyn James and Loredana Joli are the most alluring.

Posted by: kinkysr | November 17, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Fame, fortune and fooling around are no substitute for faith, family and freedom from slavery to misguided passions. Tiger apparently learned his lesson and if so he will be a better and happier man for it.

Posted by: lastword | November 17, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of PR bull. He only regrets getting caught...

Posted by: ozpunk | November 17, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

geez, why am I even reading this?
who cares about his choices?
it's his issue to deal with, with his family.

what do I care about?
how's his game.

If he were Warren Buffett and this had happened, would I care? would I sell my stock in Berkshire Hathaway (assuming, of course, I had any)?

c'mon, guys, mind your own stinkin' business, and let him mind his.

talk about his golf, not where he's been dipping his wick.

course, if you got no life, I suppose I understand...

but damn!

Posted by: bozozozo1 | November 17, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow! This site:

More expensive, fashion, and good products.

Acquisition will have little present. is a good site.

The discovery like this.

Come and buy! !

Posted by: lizhiyong120 | November 17, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

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