Tiger Woods: Raising kids after divorce is tough
Tiger Woods says it's tough raising his children following his divorce from wife Elin Nordegren, which was finalized last year after the golf champion's much-publicized sex scandal.
Woods, 35, had in early 2010 admitted to cheating on Nordegren, his wife of more than five years, after several women told the press they had had affairs with him. He apologized publicly about his infidelity and underwent therapy. Nordegren, 31, filed for divorce and it was finalized in November 2010.
The former couple's children, daughter Sam, 3, and son Charlie, 2, reportedly live with Nordegren, while she and Woods share joint legal custody of them. He says he's been spending more time with the children.
"It's work," Woods said on ABC talk show "Good Morning America" about raising his children. There's no doubt. It's tough but enjoyable. That's the work that I love. I just love being with them and seeing what they're doing, what they're capable of doing, the joys, the shifts of interest. That's what's just fun. We have a great time together and that's what important."
"Family's first," he added. "That's what it was when I was going up. My mom and dad were always there, they were always present for me and that's how I am with my kids now."
Woods' sex scandal tarnished the golf champion's image and had threatened his career. He has won 14 major championships. He returned to competitive golf in April 2010 but has still not won a tournament since then.
He says he wants to reclaim his title as the No. 1 golfer in the world, adding: "I know what I'm capable of doing. And I know the shots that I'm hitting at home on the range. I know it's in me. I just need to bring it out in a golf tournament."
Also, for months following the scandal, he was the subject of late-night talk show jokes.
"From a comedian's standpoint, and my monologue writers, thank you," Jimmy Fallon told Woods as he appeared on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, March 16. "That is like a magical thing to happen, your awful pain, and we laughed at your pain. It kind of wrote itself. Balls. Shaft. Holes. I just want to say, thank you, thank you, thank you."
Despite the ordeal, Woods was last year named No. 1 on Sports Illustrated's list of the 50 top-earning American athletes for the seventh consecutive year and reportedly made $90.5 million, including $70 million from endorsements.
Check out Tiger Woods' interview on "Good Morning America" below.