Tiger Woods has been making his talk show rounds after announcing the rebranding of his foundation after 20 years.
The first show he went on was with Charlie Rose on PBS before making his way to the Late Show. In this interview, Woods revealed his greatest (and only) regret in life.
Rose: Some have said to be Tiger Woods was both a gift and a burden. How was it a burden?
Woods: Well, it’s a burden in the sense that it — the amount of obligations that I have at a tournament. The anonymity that was lost that, you know, one — the — you know, 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.
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.
“One more year at Stanford.”
There are really only two ways of looking at this. Either Woods would have liked to be a kid for a while longer and maybe chase some more tail, or playing at the collegiate level teaches you more about your game without the pressure of the Tour.
You have a coach and a team, and while some may get their Ryder Cup experience, not everyone can experience this again after college. Maybe Tiger thought he could have learned more from staying at Stanford, but he’ll never know. The only thing is that turning pro was probably the best thing to happen to him.
It seems to me as though making this statement is a way of hiding from one of the worst and pivotal moments in his life. The whole scandal with his ex-wife Elin was unheard of in the golf world and knocked him off of his pedestal.
But I believe that while he may be sorry for his actions, he does not regret it because of what it has taught him, about himself and about his wife. It got him out of a marriage he may not have wanted to be in anymore and after all of that, the two of them are good friends now.
There might be more to it, but if we know Tiger, he’ll stick to this statement for good. His only regret is not staying one more year at Stanford and that’s that.