Tiger Woods acknowledges spectators after chipping in on the second green during the final round of the Australian Masters golf tournament at the Victoria Golf Club near Melbourne November 14, 2010.

*Tiger Woods, in a first-person essay published Wednesday, said he’s “regaining the balance that I’d lost” before his car accident a year ago sent his life spiraling downward.

In a first-person op-ed piece posted by Newsweek, titled “How I’ve Redefined Victory,” Woods wrote about how much his life was out of balance and his priorities were out of order a year ago, when he acknowledged extramarital affairs that cost him three major endorsements and eventually led to his divorce from Elin Nordegren.

“Golf is a self-centered 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,” Woods wrote. “It made me think that if I was successful in golf, then I was invincible. Now I know that, no matter how tough or strong we are, we all need to rely on others.”

As things fell apart, Woods wrote in the Newsweek piece, he was hesitant to examine how he had “been conducting my personal life in an artificial way,” drifting away from the values with which he had been raised.

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

Woods said he spends some evenings alone with his two children, and it’s helping him appreciate what he had overlooked.

“Giving my son, Charlie, a bath, for example, beats chipping another bucket of balls. Making mac and cheese for him and his sister, Sam, is better than dining in any restaurant,” he wrote.

He ends the op-ed piece by writing, “I’m not the same man I was a year ago. And that’s a good thing.”

His essay was published shortly after he started actively using his Twitter account (@TigerWoods) with the following message: “What’s up everyone. Finally decided to try out twitter!”

Within an hour, Woods had picked up more than 30,000 followers and was adding more than 200 followers a minute, the Guardian reported.  But not all of them were positive.

@AskAaronLee wrote: “Good news @TigerWoods decided to join twitter 🙂 …i wonder how many women he will s**w from twitter.”

@allisonrhone tweeted: “OMG! A whole new method of securing a** has opened for him! #congrats RT

Many in Twitterverse speculated it would not be long before Woods decided to close his account given the amount of abuse he was receiving.

Although it was launched in June, the handle had been reserved about a year before that. The previous three tweets were to announce a new twitter page, website design and Facebook page.

Woods, who lost his No. 1 ranking two weeks ago to Lee Westwood, recently returned from two weeks of tournaments in Asia and Australia, where he posted consecutive top 10s for the first time this season, fell far short of winning either one. By failing to defend his title in the Australian Masters, it marked the first time in his career he went a calendar year without a win.

The Chevron World Challenge, to be played Dec. 3-6 at Sherwood Country Club, will be his final tournament of the year.

Woods will appear Thursday morning as a guest on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” at 7:30 a.m. ET (simulcast on ESPN2).