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In his first two interviews, Tiger Woods acknowledges 'living a lie' with 'disgusting behavior'

“It was all me. I’m the one who did it,” Tiger Woods tells the Golf Channel of his misdeeds. “I’m the one who acted the way I acted.”

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“It was all me. I’m the one who did it,” Tiger Woods tells the Golf Channel of his misdeeds. “I’m the one who acted the way I acted.”

Tiger Woods acknowledged "living a lie," saying he alone was responsible for the sex scandal that caused his downfall and that no one in his inner circle was aware of his misdeeds.

"It was all me. I'm the one who did it. I'm the one who acted the way I acted. No one knew what was going on when it was going on," Woods, 34, told the Golf Channel in an interview Sunday night.

A second interview aired at the same time on ESPN, which will televise the first two rounds of next month's Masters. Woods plans to make his return to pro golf at the tournament.

"I'm sure if more people would have known in my inner circle, they would have stopped it or tried to put a stop to it," he said. "But I kept it all to myself."

Answering questions on camera for the first time since his car crash in November, Woods again provided few details about the crash, his marriage, his stint in a rehabilitation clinic or much of his private life. He insisted those matters will remain private, just as he had in a statement on his Web site after his crash and again Feb. 19 when he apologized on camera in front of a handpicked audience but took no questions.

"A lot has transpired in my life. A lot of ugly things have happened," the world's No. 1 golfer told ESPN. " … I've done some pretty bad things in my life."

Woods said the public ridicule had caused him shame.

"It was hurtful, but then again, you know what? I did it," he told the Golf Channel. "And 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 would say those things. Because you know what? It was disgusting behavior."

Woods, dressed in golf clothes, was more comfortable and composed than during his only previous public outing. He said he couldn't wait to get back to playing golf, though he had reservations about how he'll be received at the Masters.

"I'm a little nervous about that, to be honest with you," he told ESPN. "It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there."

Several news outlets had submitted requests to the Woods camp for interviews. ESPN and the Golf Channel were notified late last week that Woods would agree to a five-minute interview Sunday afternoon with no restrictions on questions. CBS, which televises the Masters, was offered an interview but turned it down.

"Depending on the specifics, we are interested in an extended interview without any restrictions on CBS," spokeswoman LeslieAnne Wade said.

The interviews were conducted at Isleworth, the gated community in Windermere near Orlando where Woods lives.

Woods asked, however, that the interviews not be aired until the conclusion of the PGA Tour's Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor.

Transitions winner Jim Furyk, one of Woods' closest friends on the tour, wasn't aware of the interviews until after the victory.

"You know what? (Today), the paper is going to read that I won the golf tournament, and I don't really care if it's a three-page spread or a little blurb in the corner of the paper because the article is about him.

"I won the damn thing, and it really doesn't matter to me."

In his first two interviews, Tiger Woods acknowledges 'living a lie' with 'disgusting behavior' 03/21/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 22, 2010 12:50am]
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