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In his first news conference since scandal broke, Tiger Woods said Monday that the six weeks he spent in rehab after admitting to infidelity changed him.

“I was in there for 45 days, and it was to take a hard look at myself — and I did,” he told reporters at the Augusta National Golf Club as he prepares to return to golf at the Masters. “And I’ve come out better — certainly a much better person for it than I was going in.”

Woods said he will continue therapy and also indicated that he hopes to woo back sponsors who have left him in droves.

“Do I understand why they dropped me? Of course,” he said. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life.”

He added, “Hopefully, I can prove to the other companies going forward that I am a worthy investment, that I can help their company, help their company grow and represent them well. I felt like I was representing companies well in the past, but then again I wasn’t doing it the right way because of what I was engaged in.”

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