Tiger Woods spoke of his commitment to his family during an interview screened in New Zealand today, but conducted in the days before his car crash and subsequent admission of several infidelities.
Asked in the interview “family first and golf second...always been like that?”, Woods replied: “Always.
He goes on to say that having a family — he has two young children with wife Elin Nordegren — “has been great, actually, the best thing that ever happened.”
The interview was conducted on November 17 — ten days prior to the accident outside his Florida family home which prompted reports of marital strife. The world’s No.1 golfer later admitted to liaisons with other women.
Woods says he has applied time management skills learnt at Stanford University to his dual roles as a golfer and father and had been more focused as a player since he became a family man.
“I don’t practice as much as I used to. I don’t spend the amount of hours on the golf course, not like I used to” he said.
“But my focus is so much more intense than it used to be.
“I know whatever I have to get done (has to be done) in a shorter amount of time.”