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Tiger Woods Opens Up About Divorce, Dating, Parenting, and Turning 40

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Tiger Woods of the U.S. lines up his putt on the 14th hole during the first round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 16, 2015. (Lee Smith/Reuters)

By    |   Thursday, 03 Dec 2015 01:58 PM

Tiger Woods opened up in a recent interview about how he explained his divorce to his children, and about his future as a pro golfer as he turns 40 this month.

"I’ve taken the initiative with the kids, and told them up front, 'Guys, the reason why we’re not in the same house, why we don’t live under the same roof, Mommy and Daddy, is because Daddy made some mistakes,'" Woods told Time magazine. "I just want them to understand before they get to Internet age and they log on to something or have their friends tell them something." 

Woods said of their 2009 breakup — which saw his wife Elin Nordegren chase him out their Florida mansion with a golf club on Thanksgiving Day — that he would have had "a more open, honest relationship with my ex-wife."

"It was too tough, too tough," Woods said of the public scandal. "But now, in hindsight, as years and years have gone by, we’re like the best friends."

He also spoke about his recently ended relationship with Olympic gold medalist skier Lindsey Vonn, saying that the long-distance aspect strained their relationship.

"With Lindsey, what was hard is we never had time together. We’re texting each other. It was a great relationship, but it was so hard," he said. "It’s a relationship that was fantastic, but just can’t work on that level. It just could not work."

Getting into his golf career, which has been recently plagued by a slew of injuries, Woods was candid.

"Anyone I’ve ever talked to who has had procedures like I’ve had, they say the same thing: You don’t know. With a joint, you know. With a nerve, you just don’t know. I’ve talked to Peyton [Manning] about his neck and what he’s going through. It’s tough as athletes, when you just don’t know. The most important thing, though, is that I get to have a life with my kids. That’s more important than golf. I’ve come to realize that now," he said.

"I’ve had a good run," he added.

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