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Woods confesses: 'I was living a life of a lie'

For those eager to forgive, Tiger Woods offered a mountain of self-flagellation and remorse during Sunday interviews on ESPN and Golf Channel.

"I've done some pretty bad things," he told ESPN.

When Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman asked Woods why he could not control his behavior, he replied: "I don't know. Now I know. It's part of what I learned in treatment. Being there for 45 days, you learn a lot. You strip away the denial, the rationalization and you come to the truth, and the truth is very painful at times. You look at the person you've become, [and] you become disgusted."

In the ESPN interview with Tom Rinaldi, Woods pledged "a life of amends."

"I was living a life of a lie," he said. "I was doing a lot of things that hurt a lot of people. . . . When you face it and you start conquering it and you start living up to it, the strength that I feel now . . . I've never felt that type of strength."

Those skeptical that Woods has changed his controlling behavior could point to a five- to six-minute time limit that the world's top golfer put on the interviews.

Woods also determined the location, a veranda at Isleworth Country Club near his Orlando-area home, and that the interviews could not air before 6:30 p.m.

Both networks said there were no restrictions on questions, but Woods declined to discuss details of the Nov. 27 SUV crash that became the tipping point for his public sex scandal.

"It's all in the police report," he told Golf Channel. "They investigated it and they have it on public record. There's a lot of stuff between [wife] Elin and I that will remain private, and that's about it."

A follow-up question from Tilghman did prompt this inelegant response: "I wasn't going very fast, but unfortunately, you know, I hit a few things."

Golf Channel, by the way, reported that former presidential adviser Ari Fleischer "has decided to withdraw his services" from Woods because Fleischer felt like he was "becoming the story."

Woods' televised apology on Feb. 19 was his first public statement after more than a dozen women stepped forward with claims of affairs. Sunday marked the first time he had publicly answered a question.

Tilghman noticed Woods was wearing a bracelet he said is for "protection and strength, and I certainly need that."

Woods said he began wearing it before he went into treatment for unspecified personal issues.

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