A selection of quotes on Tiger Woods one year after his Thanksgiving night car accident that led to revelations of his extramarital affairs:
“I made my share of mistakes. People can look at that as what not to do, and if they choose to make fun of it, that’s fine. I can’t control that. All I know is that I can control myself. And at that point in my life, I wasn’t even able to do that.” – Tiger Woods.
“You have to look at the past in order to learn from it and move on. I’ve done a lot of reflecting over the past year. And certainly, I’ve turned the corner and am looking more toward the future in a lot of ways.” Woods again.
“Last year at this stage, most of the players were going, ‘How did we miss this?’ Nobody saw it coming. Like the public, we were enthralled by the whole, ‘How did he get away with it?”’ – Padraig Harrington.
“I don’t think anyone has ever experienced this. There’s certainly not a road map how to deal with this. We consulted with some people who deal with crisis management, and that was the consensus we got. There also was a lot still in play. You still had some of it true, some of it not true. Not everything had been discussed or revealed. So I’m not sure how he could come out before there was full resolution to everything.” – IMG agent Mark Steinberg, on handling the immediate aftermath of the revelations.
“I feel sorry for him in a way that it’s not like it was for him. The golf world has been interesting the last 12 months, but at least the golf world made sense this time last year.” – Geoff Ogilvy.
“He’s trying to find a way. I admire him for that, because it’s got to be the toughest thing in the world. As a golfer, he will win majors. And he will win tournaments, that’s for sure. He just lacks that little bit of confidence at the moment.” – Ernie Els.
“If we’re all brutally honest with ourselves, he’s not had the year you’d think he would have had. I don’t want to say he’s not the golfer he was, but at the same time, golf gives you one and takes away another. Form is very fickle in golf, and it can affect anybody. To all the players, it made him look a little more human. A bit more like us.” – Lee Westwood.
“If I stepped on the first tee with him nowadays, would I feel, ‘Do I have a genuine chance of beating him?’ I would say yes. A year ago, I would have said I had to play my best game, and he would have to play average for me to have a chance.” – Rory McIlroy.
“I don’t care how long he plays and what he does. He will always be, I think, the greatest golfer that’s ever lived. Tiger Woods will always be special, whether he continues to play at this level he’s playing at or not. There is a mystique about him.” – Ben Crane.
“I can never predict what a player is going to do – any of them – but sometimes I thought he performed better than he should have been able to do, with everything going on, the distractions. He’s just not winning tournaments like he was. We’ll see what happens next year. I wouldn’t be surprised either way.” – PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.
“It’s probably been a lot tougher on him than what people see, a lot harder than we all know. To have to own up to mistakes and basically be stripped down … it’s been hard for him.” – Stewart Cink.
“We’re going to have a great Thanksgiving. We’ve turned the corner, turned the page, and it’s time to move forward.” – Woods again.