Tiger Woods Press Conference: Subdued Golfer Apologizes, Dodges Questions at The Masters

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Set to tee it up this week for the first time since his shocking sex scandal, Tiger Woods fielded questions at a press conference at The Masters moments ago.

The embattled golfer refused to say why he entered rehab but stressed that he is not addicted to prescription drugs and apologized to fellow players and fans.

"I know that the players have been bombarded by questions ... and the public as well," Woods began. "A lot has happened in my life the past five months."

While seemingly sincere and more relaxed than in his initial apology statement in February, Woods dodged specific questions of his now-infamous car crash.

"I had a busted up lip and a pretty sore neck. That was it," Woods said, insisting that following the accident, he did everything "to the letter of the law."

Woods was asked numerous questions about Dr. Anthony Galea, HGH, and using Vicodin and Ambien; only one alluding to Joslyn James text messages.

He also confirmed that Elin Woods will not attend the tournament this week. Some excerpted lines from Tiger Woods' press conference today below ...

"The times have changed." - Tiger Woods

One of the hardest parts of coming back: "The constant harassment to my family. My wife and kids being photographed everywhere they go, being badgered. It's tough ... difficult on them, because it makes it tough for us to heal."

On dominating golf while leading a double life: "Winning golf tournaments throughout all of this has been irrelevant compared to the pain that I've caused to my family, my kids ... I'm going to have to explain all this to them."

On whether he left too many loose ends - text messages and such - and whether there was a part of him that actually wanted to get caught: "I don't know."

On the weight lifted from him: "I'm no longer living a lie."

On his new mentality: "In order to help people you have to first learn to help yourself ... I take full responsibility for what I've done. I don't take that lightly."

On pursuing Jack Nicklaus' record 18 major golf championships (Tiger currently has 14): "It's not about winning championships, it's about how you live your life ... I have not done that the right way for a while. I can be a better man going forward."

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