*Tiger Woods says he has a “fantastic” relationship with his ex-wife these days, but it’s only a matter of time before their two children, 8-year-old Sam and 6-year-old Charlie, are old enough to Google daddy’s name.
His marriage to Elin Nordegren disintegrated in 2009 when the world found out about his multitude of affairs. Nordegren divorced him the following August.
In a rare, candid interview with Time magazine, the golf legend says he’s taken steps to explain to his kids, “Daddy made some mistakes.”
“I just want them to understand before they get to the Internet age and they log on to something or have their friends tell them something,” Woods said. “I want it to come from me so that when they come of age, I’ll just tell them the real story.
“And so, that’s part of the initiative — ‘Hey, it was my fault too. I was to blame’ — and so I’m taking initiative with the kids,” he said. “I’d rather have it come from me as the source. And I can tell them absolutely everything so they hear it from me.”
Woods, who turns 40 on Dec. 30, also shared the same sentiments about his future that he did Tuesday at the tournament he is hosting in the Bahamas. He still wants to play golf at the highest level, though he is resigned that it might not happen if the nerve damage in his back doesn’t allow for it. He endured leg injuries in 2011, got back to No. 1 in the world with eight victories in 2012 and 2013 and has been in a free fall because of back injuries since.
He had surgery to alleviate a pinched nerve the week before the 2014 Masters and has had two more procedures in the same spot over the past three months.
“One, I don’t want to have another procedure,” Woods told the magazine. “And two, even if I don’t come back and I don’t play again, I still want to have a quality of life with my kids. I started to lose that with the other surgeries.”
Asked what he would have done differently before and after the scandal in his personal life, Woods said he would have had a more open, honest relationship with his wife.
“Having the relationship that I have now with her is fantastic,” he said. “She’s one of my best friends. We’re able to pick up the phone, and we talk to each other all the time. We both know that the most important things in our lives are our kids. I wish I would have known that back then.”