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“It’s a positive step for him,” said Mark Steinberg, his agent at IMG. “He’s making the effort to do some things different.”
Woods has had a Twitter account since June 2009 _ his sign name, “Tiger Woods” was secured about a year before that _ but the only tweets were to announce his Twitter page, Facebook page and a redesign of his website.
Then came a tweet at 11:08 a.m. Wednesday: “What’s up everyone. Finally decided to try out twitter!”
Woods had just over 90,000 followers until that tweet. Within three hours, he had added over 40,000 more followers, adding them by the thousands each hour. A person confirmed that he was typing the tweet himself, and Woods added this: “Yep, it’s me. I think I like this twitter thing. You guys are awesome. Thanks for all the love.”
“Tiger wants to do some things a little differently moving forward,” Steinberg said. “He wants to be a little more connected to the fans, and this is just one new addition.”
He writes about how much is life was out of balance and his priorities were out of order a year ago, when he was caught in numerous extramarital affairs that cost him three major endorsements and eventually led to his divorce from Elin Nordegren.
“At first, I didn’t want to look inward,” Woods wrote. “Frankly, I was scared of what I would find _ what I had become. But I’m grateful that I did examine my life because it has made me more grounded than I’ve ever been; I hope that with reflection will come wisdom.”
Woods said he spends some evenings alone with his two children, and it’s helping him appreciate what he had overlooked.
“Giving my son, Charlie, a bath, for example, beats chipping another bucket of balls. Making mac and cheese for him and his sister, Sam, is better than dining in any restaurant,” he wrote.
He ends the op-ed piece by writing, “I’m not the same man I was a year go. And that’s a good thing.”
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