*In advance of his return to golf next month in The Masters, both ESPN and the Golf Channel aired separate one-on-one interviews with Tiger Woods Sunday night at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi and the Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman were each allowed five minutes with the golfer earlier Sunday at his Isleworth community in Florida. Both reporters were allowed to ask any question of Woods, with the understanding the interview would not air until 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Both interviews are Tiger’s first since a bizarre Thanksgiving night car crash led to allegations of massive infidelity. To ESPN’s Rinaldi, Tiger said of his cheating scandal: “A lot has transpired in my life. A lot of ugly things have happened. Things that have…..I’ve done some pretty bad things in my life. And uh, all came to a head. But now, after treatment, going for inpatient treatment for 45 days and more outpatient treatment, um, I’m getting back to my old roots.”
[Watch the ESPN interview below.]