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Golf success changed me

Tiger Woods has blamed his success at golf for the serial philandering that cost him his marriage, a pot load of money and – somewhat ironically – success at golf.

Woods wrote an article for American magazine Newsweek in which he admitted that his sporting prowess made him feel invincible, and only after he was exposed did he decide to actually have a look at the effect his behaviour had on other people.

‘At first, I didn't want to look inward,’ wrote Woods. ‘Frankly, I was scared of what I would find, what I had become. But I'm grateful I did examine my life because it has made me more grounded than I've ever been. I hope with reflection will come wisdom.

‘Golf is a self-centred 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.

‘I can never truly repair the damage I've done, especially to my family. But I can keep trying. I'm not the same man I was a year ago. And that's a good thing.’

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