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    Tiger Woods Tells Golf Channel: "I Hurt So Many People"

    Tiger Woods is ready to talk about his "disgusting behavior."

    In a revealing interview with Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel, Woods says that he's spent 45 days in treatment and is ready to return to the game that made him famous.

    "I hurt so many people by my own reckless attitude and behavior," said Woods. "I tried to stop and I couldn't stop. It was horrific." 

    In a rapid-fire six minutes of give-and-take, the disgraced golfer showed a greater willingness to open up about the behavior that led to him becoming a punchline, including how "disgusted" he was by the "painful truth" about himself.

    "I quit being a Buddhist and my life changed upside down. I felt entitled, which I had never felt before," said the golfer, who now wears a Buddhist bracelet for "protection and strength" and says he has no plans to remove it.


    Woods demurred on a few questions, including what happened on that Thanksgiving night between Elin Nordegren and himself.

    "It's all in the police report. They investigated it and they have it on public record; there's a lot of stuff between Elin and I that will remain private and that's about it," said Woods, though he did offer this tidbit about his now-infamous crash: "I wasn't going very fast, but unfortunately I hit a few things."

    Woods was willing to open up about most other things, including what he plans to tell his children about what happened.

    "I will have that sit-down talk and it won't be just one time, I know that. It will be numerous times and I take full ownership of it, I did it. No one else did; it was just me," he said. "I will talk to my kids for however long they want to talk about it. That is a conversation that will need to be had."

    As his life became fodder for the tabloids, South Park and computerized news re-creations, Woods says he's come to understand the notoriety.

    "It was hurtful, but then again, you know what? I did it. 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 will say these things, because you know what? it was disgusting behavior. As a person, it's hard to believe that was me, looking back on it now."

    As well as the Golf Channel (which, like E!, is part of Comcast Entertainment Group), Woods also granted an interview to ESPN about discussed many of the same topics, though there was one response that suggests the sports star may be as ready for a comeback as the father and husband.

    "It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there...but also hope they clap for birdies too," Woods said.  

    —Additional reporting by Brandi Fowler

    (Originally published March 21, 2010 at 4:42 p.m. PT)

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