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Tiger Woods "lived a lie", nervous about response on his return

Simon Evans

Tiger Woods, in his first interview since he was engulfed by a sex scandal, said he lived a lie and that he is nervous about the reception he will receive when he returns to golf at the U.S. Masters next month.

Woods told ESPN, in an interview which will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, that he did not know what kind of response he will get when he plays at Augusta in the Masters next month.

"I don't know, I don't know, I'm a little nervous about that to be honest with you. It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there," said Woods.

The world number one and 14 times major winner has admitted to multiple extra-marital affairs and said his life became a lie.

"I was living a life of a lie, I really was. And I was doing a lot of things that hurt a lot of people. And stripping away denial and rationalization you start coming to the truth of who you really are and that can be very ugly.

"But then again, 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," he said.