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Tiger Woods: 'Elin Is Not Coming This Week'

Apr. 5 2010, Published 6:14 a.m. ET

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Tiger Woods shed new light on his personal problems in a press conference that was surprisingly frank at times yet still left many unanswered questions.

Ending speculation and shooting down some reports that his wife Elin would join him  during the Masters, Tiger confirmed what reported days ago, saying: “Elin is not coming this week.”

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Tiger did not elaborate on the current situation with Elin, but did open up about spending time in sex rehab and the mistakes he’s made.

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The golfing legend said he spent 45 days in rehab, but when asked what he was treated for, he said: “That’s personal.”

As reported Tiger was at Gentle Path in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

“I was in there for 45 days to take a hard look at myself and I did,” Tiger said, adding that he is now a “much better person” and continuing treatment.

“I lied to myself and I lied to others,” Tiger admitted. “I’ve lied and deceived a lot of people.”

And in rare display of vulnerability, Tiger spoke about missing his son’s first birthday while in rehab. “I missed my son’s first birthday and that hurt,” he said. “And I vowed I won’t miss anymore.

“That hurts a lot. I can’t go back to where I was. It’s something I regret and probably will for the rest of my life.”

Tiger also revealed more information about the night he crashed his car and was taken to a hospital as his cheating scandal started to become public. He said he was taken to the hospital for a sore neck and five stitches in his lip. He denied any type of cover up when asked why he subsequently did not meet with police.

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“I did everything to the letter of the law,” Tiger said.

He talked about spending Christmas with Elin and their two children and then going to rehab. Tiger admitted it’s been tough for his family to heal and get through this ordeal.

Elin is still not wearing her wedding ring and is at home in Orlando as Tiger makes his return to golf by playing in the Masters for the 16th time. They are living separately.

He refused to elaborate on the state of his marriage but did say one of the most difficult things he’s been through is “having to look at myself, how far I got away from my core morals.”

Now Tiger says he has a greater appreciation for the fans and elaborated how good he felt with their warm welcome. And while ex-mistresses (and a certain ex kindergarten teacher) are clamoring across the U.S. for apologies, they still will be disappointed! Tiger, however, did apologize to his fellow pro golfers for his mess spilling into their professional lives.



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