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Tiger Woods: 'I've Done Some Pretty Bad Things in My Life'

During an interview on Sunday with ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi, Tiger Woods answered questions for the first time about his many infidelities and his anticipated return to golf. 

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When asked why he got married in the first place, Woods replied, "Why? 'Cause I loved her. I loved Elin with everything I have. And that's something that makes me feel even worse. That I did this to someone I loved that much."

The golf pro has been linked to over a dozen women and admits that he made a huge mistake. "Well, just one is enough. Um, and obviously that wasn't the case, and I've made my mistakes. And as I've said, I've hurt so many people, and so many people I have to make an amends to, and that's living a life of amends."

Woods wouldn't go into detail about what transpired on the night of his Thanksgiving car crash, but told Rinaldi, "Well you know it's all in the police report. Beyond that, everything's between Elin and myself and that's private."

Having to tell his wife and mother about his numerous affairs was the lowest point for Woods. "They both have been brutal. They've both been very tough. Because I hurt them the most," he told Rinaldi. "Those are the two people in my life who I'm closest to and to say the things that I've done, truthfully to them, is... honestly was... very painful."

Tiger announced last Tuesday that he'll be making his return to golf on April 8 in the Masters Tournament, and is anxious to do so. "I'm excited to get back and play, I'm excited to get to see the guys again. I really miss a lot of my friends out there. I miss competing. But still, I still have a lot more treatment to do, and just because I'm playing, doesn't mean I'm gonna stop going to treatment."

He adds, "I'm a little nervous... to be honest with you," with regard to his reception from fans. "It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there."

Woods last played during the PGA Tour in Sept. 2009, in which he finished second.