Just one week after withdrawing from his would-be comeback at the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., Tiger Woods has been on a media tour in New York City. On Wednesday, Woods sat down with Charlie Rose for a interview on his show “Charlie Rose: This Week on PBS.”
The 14-time major winner acknowledged his lone regret in life is not having stayed at Stanford University for another year (Woods left after his sophomore year to turn pro). Rose asked if that was truly his only regret, and Woods confirmed as much saying, “All the things I’ve been through are tough, yes. They’ve been tough, but they’ve been great for me, but I wish I would’ve gone one more year at Stanford.”
Tiger Woods: …if you look back, the only regret I have in life is not spending another year at Stanford, and I wish I would’ve had one more year.
Charlie Rose: That’s the only regret?
Woods: That’s the only regret, I wish I had.
Rose: Of all the things that’s happened to you?
Woods: All the things and that’s all —
Woods: All the things I’ve been through are tough, yes. They’ve been tough, but they’ve been great for me, but I wish I would’ve gone one more year at Stanford.
Shortly thereafter, Rose asked Woods how he explains his divorce from ex-wife Elin Nordegren to his two young children. Woods said he explains to them that “Daddy made some mistakes.” Rose then pushed him on the subject.
Rose: How do you tell your kids why mama and daddy are not together?
Woods: It’s because daddy made some mistakes. Daddy made some mistakes. And I’d much rather hear — have them hear it from me. And so —
Rose: So, you’ve sat down and said, “I regret what I did and –“
Woods: No. No. I don’t. I haven’t said that. I said everybody makes mistakes, and the reason why mommy’s living in her house and daddy’s living in his house is because daddy made mistakes, and it’s okay.
The full interview is set to air Thursday night on PBS.