Tiger apologizes to golfers, praises fans

AUGUSTA - (AP) - Saying the reception of the Augusta Nationalfans "blew me away," Tiger Woods began his comeback from adevastating personal scandal Monday by refusing to say why heentered rehab but stressing that he wasn't addicted to prescriptiondrugs.

Woods also said that that he had five stitches in his mouthafter the infamous Thanksgiving night car crash that led torevelations of a sordid private life. He said that his wife, Elin,would not be with him at the Masters.

Woods said he made "some incredibly bad decisions" and "hurtso many people." He again said that he takes all the blame forallowing his life to fall apart.

He said he expects to win the Masters.

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