Tiger Woods: 'I'm Not the Same Man I Was a Year Ago'
So it's appropriate timing for Woods to take the next step in his attempt to overhaul his image and public perception, as Woods has penned a short editorial for "Newsweek" on his struggle, recovery and where he is a year after everything changed.
Woods admits that his life was "out of balance" and that he made "terrible choices," conducting his personal life in an "artificial way." But after a year of reflection, Woods says he's in a better place.
"At first, I didn't want to look inward. Frankly, I was scared of what I would find -- what I had become. But I'm grateful that I did examine my life because it has made me more grounded than I've ever been; I hope that with reflection will come wisdom. 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. Now I know that, no matter how tough or strong we are, we all need to rely on others."
Tiger recognizes that his healing process isn't complete, but he insists he's learning and evolving. He also thanked those who have been supportive, but admitted, "opportunists are trying still to cash in on my troubles, no matter how irresponsible or ridiculous their claims may be."
In closing, Woods sums up his change: "I'm not the same man I was a year ago. And that's a good thing."