Tiger Woods pens essay one year after sex scandals broke wide open

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14: Tiger Woods of the USA celebrates sinking a putt during day four of the Australian Masters at The Victoria Golf Club on November 14, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

It was almost exactly one year ago that The National Enquirer ran an explosive story about a party girl/hustler named Rachel Uchitel and her dalliance with the very married Tiger Woods. I remember it vividly – I covered the story, transcribing the story from The Enquirer, slowly realizing that the Enquirer had done a really good job of lining up several named sources and getting their facts straight. That was the day before Thanksgiving 2009 – on the Thanksgiving Day, everything imploded in Tiger’s life. Elin found out about Rachel Uchitel, they fought, and Tiger drove off, only to get into an accident. My opinion: we’ll never really now what went down that night, just as we’ll never really know why Tiger compulsively screwed around with all of those budget women. Anyway, Tiger is remembering too… he has written an essay for Newsweek about the “One Year Later” deal. I’m struggling to understand the tone of this… is he being self-pitying? Is it all still “All About Tiger”? Or is he really trying to grow as a man and as a father? Eh.

Tiger Woods is still hurting. Nearly one year after the Thanksgiving car crash that exposed his sprawling adultery scandal — later ending his five-year marriage to Elin Nordegren and hampering his focus in the sport he once dominated — the disgraced golfer is opening up in a Newsweek essay (excerpted in the Washington Post.).

“Last November, everything I thought I knew about myself changed abruptly, and what others perceived about me shifted, too,” Woods writes.

Over Thanksgiving weekend 2009, the billionaire athlete crashed his car outside the Orlando, Fla. area home he shared with Nordegren, 30, and their daughter Sam, 3, and son Charlie, nearly 2. It was soon revealed that the couple had been arguing about his extramarital affairs with nightclub hostess Rachel Uchitel; over a dozen mistresses eventually came forward in the ensuing months.

Woods’ essay continues: “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.”

He and Nordegren’s divorce was finalized in August of this year. Expressing a new appreciation for fatherhood, the single dad to two adds: “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.”

Woods is also getting into the Twitter scene. On Wednesday, he re-opened his verified Twitter account (he had written a few brief Tweets in June 2009 before abandoning the account). “What’s up everyone,” Woods wrote. “Finally decided to try out twitter!…Yep, it’s me. I think I like this twitter thing. You guys are awesome. Thanks for all the love.”

[From Us Weekly]

While I’m glad that Tiger is slowly learning that life is more than golf, and that being a father can be awesome too, I also wonder why he’s so slow to realize this after the year he’s had? Yes, his kids were little (they still are), but he was a father of two when the scandal broke. I guess he’s spent the last year realizing that he should have spent all of that “trolling for strange” time with his kids.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 12: Tiger Woods of the USA during round 2 of the Australian Masters at The Victoria Golf Club on November 12, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 13: Tiger Woods of Australia acknowledges the crowd during round three of the Australian Masters at The Victoria Golf Club on November 13, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

CHONBURI, THAILAND - NOVEMBER 08: Tiger Woods of USA looks on at the 4th hole during the World Golf Salutes King Bhumibol Skins tournament at Amata Spring Country Club on November 8, 2010 in Chonburi, Thailand. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 12: Tiger Woods of the USA takes his hat of during round 2 of the Australian Masters at The Victoria Golf Club on November 12, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)

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  1. Roma says:

    He was too busy sleeping around to be a father? I mean, even if he was a 2 minute man the sheer volume of women he was sleeping with would take up a lot of time.

  2. Just a Poster says:

    PR spin. Nothing more.

  3. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    I am sorry but my first reaction is What A D-Bag. Its not like he didn’t have kids while he was out plowing all those women. This is all about him. He could have had his ass home doing all the baths and making dinner the only reason he even seems to appreciate all this now is he got caught and people lost all respect for him. Now he is trying to get it back.

    Well on a positive note from me I am glad he got caught. If thats what it takes to get him to truly start valuing his family good. However he should have had more value for them way before this.

  4. devilgirl says:

    Who cares what he has to say. He ruined his image, he ruined his marriage and he did his children a huge disservice by being a lying cheat. No one cares anymore.

  5. crab says:

    Barf he makes me sick!! You lost it all loser!!

  6. Ella says:

    Damn that was so fake. For real, Tiger? That was the best your pr team could come up with?
    It would be better if he stayed quiet.

  7. Rita says:

    I don’t know what to make of this either.

    “Last November, everything I thought I knew about myself changed abruptly, and what others perceived about me shifted, too,” Woods writes.

    Last November? Apparently, while this pig was slopping around with other pigs he still had some “father knows best” image of himself. It’s not as if all these hookers came and went in a month, it was over a period of years and while his wife was pregnant.

    I’m all for Tiger finding his manhood (not that manhood) but right now he still seems lost and lonely while he’s searching for a starting point. STF (Stay The F…) off twitter Tiger.

    I really do wish him well since I think he’s sorry and in some sort of “wilderness of redemption”.

  8. bellaluna says:

    HE’S hurting?!? All I have to say about that is “GOOD!” At this point, he’s lucky his “hurting” isn’t genital.

  9. LindaR says:

    I read the headline too quickly and thought it said Tiger Woods penis says…

  10. bellaluna says:

    LMAO @ LindaR!!!

  11. Diane says:

    Why would he think anyone gives a sh-t what he has to say? I certainly don’t.

  12. Embee says:

    Let’s edit for truth, shall we:

    “On the anniversary of my fall from grace, I desperately want to turn back time.”

    “The physical pain from that car accident has long healed. But my ex-wife now has a Valtrex prescription.”

    “Slowly, I’m realizing how much I screwed up. I now realize that my wife was doing the lion’s share of the parenting. In fact, before this year, I had never bathed my children nor fed them a meal. I find it somewhat gratifying as their natural tendencies to adore me sate by burning desire to be famous. I perceive this as normal.”

    “Finally decided to try out twitter!…Yep, it’s the perfect outlet for my extreme narcissism.”

  13. Squirrel says:

    Once upon a time
    there was a golfer worth quite a dime
    with a lovely family
    he could not be bothered to see.

    Many adulterous bonkings after
    he’s kind of lost his laughter
    his family and sponsors too…
    ‘I’m a changed man, honest, it’s true!’

    For success to return, PR masters say
    the people must again care either way
    so bathe the kids, fire the sitter
    stoop low enough to ramble on twitter!

  14. Hautie says:

    I suspect he is just sorry he got caught.

  15. Delta Juliet says:

    You would be surprised how many father’s (and some mother’s too, I’m sure) don’t appreciate the lives they have with their wife and babies. Not saying they all cheat, but I know plenty who can’t enjoy just sitting with ther kids, eating a meal, reading a book, giving a bath. It’s too bad as the Dad’s and the kids miss out.

    Oh and Tiger is a douche.

  16. Stubbylove says:

    I agree with all of you. This makes him a bigger douche that he already was. WTF did he think he was getting into when he: A. CHOSE TO GET MARRIED AND B. CHOSE TO HAVE CHILDREN. Though he is total dipshi*, to my knowledge he’s not of low IQ nor is mentally retarded. End of discussion. Go make some mac ‘n cheese w/your kids and have fun explaining your actions when your kids are old enough to realize what you did to their mother.

  17. Praise St. Angie! says:

    Embee, that was great. and APT!

  18. skibunny says:

    Wa Wa Wa He made a conscious decision to cheat over and over and over again. Live with the consequences dirt bag! I dont feel sorry for you.

  19. happygirl says:

    IMHO I don’t care who we talk about, or who does what…in my book he will always be the KING of douchebaggery. The WORST. EVER. The end.

    @ Embee…you are quickly becoming one of my favorite commenters! 🙂

    @LindaR – hilarious!

  20. Embee says:

    happygirl – Thank you! (blushes, shuffles feet, trips, bumps into desk)

  21. Anti-icon says:

    “Some nights now, it’s just me and the kids, an experience that’s both trying and rewarding. ”

    I can’t believe he gets ANY unsupervised nights with his kids. He probably has to have a nanny cam on himself. Hey Elin, get a nanny-cam and wire up his house, because TIGER isn’t mature enough to keep the sex behavior away from the kids.

    That’s my conclusion.

  22. Tory says:

    I heard his interview on ESPN this morning. Sounds like he’s been in therapy — the words/phrases he used were very much “self-help speak”. I got the impression that he is more aware of his emotions and his motivations. I’m sure he probably expected that what his kids didn’t know wouldn’t hurt them, not realizing that they were missing their father, and now he’s come to that realization. Don’t get me wrong, I still think what he did was disgusting, but being heckled at golf tournaments (where he was once the king) probably made him want other people to be aware that he has learned something in the past year. At least his kids are young enough to benefit from his turnaround and still have enough childhood left to enjoy having a dad who appreciates them. I hope its not all BS but, let’s face it, dude hit rock bottom a year ago, where else is there for him to go but up?

  23. RobN says:

    Whoever actually wrote this did a nice job. Nobody’s going to buy it, of course, but still fairly well written.

  24. Moreaces says:

    Wow, that was so touching, I can feel the pain, This actually bought tears to my eyes,,I can tell he is deeply sorry for all the sadness and heartbreak he caused.

    Do I lie as good as tiger..

  25. Stubbylove says:

    Right on Embee!

  26. wunderkindt says:


  27. craigc says:

    f-you, douche!! stfu

  28. OhCamille! says:

    ITA with everyone above.

    I do enjoy reading “disgraced golfer….” as a new description for him…

  29. DetRiotgirl says:

    @Embee Oh man, I could have had a field day with this one. But, you said everything perfectly already! If I were wearing a hat right now, I would tip it to you my friend!

  30. whitedaisy says:

    Holy crap. How can he still make it all about HIM?
    This guy can’t feel anything beyond the grip of his putter.
    If he is in therapy, I hope it continues for his kids’ sake, but there are no emotions or feelings within Tiger for him to “get in touch” with.
    Sadly, he was raised to be a golfing machine and that is exactly what he has become.

  31. Vee says:

    Tiger disgusts me and so do the companies who still support him. That’s why I try to buy at Under Armour now instead of Nike. I just feel better knowing my dollars aren’t going to support Tiger.

  32. taylor says:

    “Last November, everything I thought I knew about myself changed abruptly…”

    Um…because he’s an alien, right? That’s why he didn’t know he was sleeping with all of those other women? Otherwise, how “abrupt” can it be for you, when you’re the one person who is ALWAYS THERE WITH YOURSELF?

  33. Chris says:

    Tiger got his ass kicked in a golf tournament here in Melbourne last week and the buzz about him coming to town was nothing compared to last year. He’s damaged Woods. 🙁

  34. K-Love says:

    It’s been almost a year and people are still tripping about what he did. So the behind what. She got paid so Tiger haters give it a rest. He didn’t do anything that men haven’t been doing for years. One he just got caught and two he did it to a white woman. Get over it.

  35. jemshoes says:

    Half of me is inclined to think, “PR spin,” as other posters have already said; the other half of me thinks the old adage has really come true for him – that you don’t really know what you’ve lost until it’s gone. And with Christmas looming, it’s little wonder he’s started thinking about family – and what he’s done to his own.

  36. Newbie says:

    Title: “The Prick’s Guide to Sluts on the Side.”

  37. Amy says:

    I hope he turns a new leaf. It usually takes a major mistake like the one he made for one to see the light. Wish him better times.

  38. Trippin says:

    He puts the “Cad” in CaddyShack, he’ll forever be known as the Superfreak of Golf. Hang up your balls and nine iron buddy. The public has a long memory.

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