April 5th, 2010
05:05 PM ET

Tiger Woods: 'I'm a much better person' following rehab

[Updated 5:04 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated 2:44 p.m.] Tiger Woods indicated that he hopes to woo back sponsors who have left him in droves.

"Do I understand why they dropped me?  Of course," he said.  "I've made a lot of mistakes in my life."  He added, "Hopefully, I can prove to the other
companies going forward that I am a worthy investment, that I can help their company, help their company grow and represent them well.  I felt like I was
representing companies well in the past, but then again I wasn't doing it the right way because of what I was engaged in."

Asked whether he had taken Ambien before the car crash last November that ultimately led to the world learning about his infidelity, Woods did not
answer.  He simply said that the police had investigated the case and fined him $166.  "It's a closed case," he said. Rumors that Woods had used the sleeping aid extensively arose after the crash.

[Updated at 2:25 p.m.] The six weeks he spent in rehab for sex addition changed Tiger Woods, he said Monday in his first news conference since
the scandal broke.

"I was in there for 45 days, and it was to take a hard look at myself - and I did," he told reporters at the Augusta National golf course.  "And I've come out better - certainly a much better person for it than I was going in."

He said he will continue the therapy.

Woods said he was nervous to play in a tournament again.  "I didn't know hat to expect."

He added, "I've done some things that are just horrible.  And for the fans to really want to see me play golf again, that felt great it really did."
His recent experiences have led him to realize that he had under appreciated golf fans, he said.

Woods said the reception he has received at Augusta "couldn't be nicer."

"The encouragement that I got - it just blew me away," he said.

[Posted at 2:11 p.m.] Tiger Woods said Monday the reception he received at the Augusta National golf course "couldn't be nicer."

"The encouragement that I got - it just blew me away," he told reporters in his first news conference since the scandal broke.

"What a great day, today," he said.

Woods also apologized to the other players, whom he said the media have "bombarded" with questions about him. "I certainly apologize to all of them for having to endure what they've had to endure over the past few months," he said.

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  1. B L Underwood

    GREAT JOB CNN on the audio feed back for TIGER WOODS
    Clear transmission. Wonderful
    THANKS

    April 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Steve Fischer

    Enough with Tiger! He is a yet another example of a public figure that kids should not look up to. Good job with reporting about the father that saved his two year old daughter. He is a true hero!

    April 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RAZOR

    Good cheaters are genius decievers.....Tiger's guarded interview answers leads me to feel all of us are still being deceived, perhaps Tiger too. I am a Tiger fan.

    April 5, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Charlotte

    Anyone actually think tigers are capable of changing their stripes? Personally I don't buy it, but then I don't think the entire issue should have anything to do with his athletic career, either. Doubt if his addictions or compulsions really affected his golf before, and they probably still won't.

    April 5, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shocked In Sarasota

    Who are we to judge someone's fall from grace? Nothing changes a man than worldwide shame and a new biography that your children his read.

    April 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gironda

    Tiger now looks like he is mature. No more smug, empty smiles. Too bad he had to ruin his marriage to grow up.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JoJo

    I didn't knew they have a rehab for spouse cheaters. I guess only rich people can go to someone and tell them, I cheated on my spouse and get billed for thousands of dollars. Beside being very rich, you also got to be very stupid.

    April 8, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |