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Tiger Woods joined Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio to talk about how his life has changed in the last year, whether or not he thinks going through this scandal has made him a better person, what the worst part about the last year has been, how tough it was on his kids to go through it, whether or not he is a happier person now than he was a year ago, how he felt the first time he returned to the PGA Tour, whether or not he still wants to be the best and break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 Majors, and what he is most thankful for after having a year to reflect on the things that he has done wrong in his life.
What happened last Thanksgiving:
"Unfortunately I've talked about Thanksgiving for the past year so I think I've exhausted that subject. If that didn't happen I don't think I'd be as blessed or as balanced as I am now."
What the worst part of the last year was:
"I think the worst part of it was those closest to me, the ones I loved and cared about so much, how much I had hurt them with my behavior. It's something I've talked about the past year with everyone. As I said it was the best thing for me to go through that, to come out on the other side and look where I'm at now, and how much better I feel. I feel so much better and everything is in a much better perspective now."
On how tough things were for his kids:
"I think that was very difficult. Certainly it was difficult for me, but it was also more difficult for my kids and they were feeling the effects of it unfortunately. It was difficult on everyone and I caused it. I take full responsibility for my actions and here I am."
On who he leaned on during the tough times:
"I have some very close friends and some people that have been with me for a very long time. We've had numerous long talks about what has happened in my life and where I need to go and how I need to get there. That's something that I'm very thankful for."
On whether or not he is happier today than he was a year ago:
"Infinitely. Infinitely. (Host: Why?) Just more clear. More clear about my perspectives, more clear about who I am, and where I want to go. It's just amazing how much better I feel internally each and every day. How thankful I am to have the connection I have with my kids and the people who mean the most to me."
On how he felt the first time he stepped back on a tee at the Masters:
"That was certainly very interesting. I was nervous there's no doubt during the first practice round on Monday. Didn't know how I was going to be received. People were just incredibly encouraging, but when it came down to tournament time, it was actually pretty interesting. All the stuff that I had gone through went away. The first shot I had to hit was a low fade off the first tee and put it down the left side to give myself an angle at the flag."
On whether or not his goals of being the best remain intact:
"Yeah, the same drive to get better there's no doubt. That's an each and every day process. I can't get better as a player if I don't get better as a person. That's something that I've had to do and something that I'm doing each and every day."
On what his number one priority is now:
"Priority number one is my kids. There's no doubt about that. They mean everything to me. Doing each and everything I can to make their lives better and more prepared for the future is something that is every responsibility of a parent and something that I take very seriously."
On whether or not it is still important to break Nicklaus' record of 18 Majors:
"It's still important. I'd still like to get to 19, there's no doubt about that. Obviously I need to play better and shoot lower scores. Shooting rounds in the 70's is not going to get it done."
On what he is thankful for:
"I'm thankful to have my kids. To be able to spend time with them, enjoy teaching them something each and every day which was something that my dad always tried to do. He tried to teach me something each and every day that sometimes would be life lessons. I try to do the same thing with my kids and it's just a blast."
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