Tiger Woods Dodges Divorce Questions at British Open

Tiger Woods Dodges Divorce Questions at British Open
Tiger Woods
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07/14/2010 AT 07:55 AM EDT

The British media sank their teeth into Tiger Woods on Tuesday, as questions about his personal life eclipsed those about his golf game at his first news conference in the country since his sex scandal broke late last year.

In a sometimes testy showdown with reporters at the British Open in St. Andrews, Scotland, Woods, 34, dodged some questions and half-answered others, ESPN reports.

Asked about his apparently impending divorce from Elin Nordegren – which could cost Woods some $700 million – the golfer said flatly, "I'm not going to go into that." But he was more forthcoming when discussing his children.

In an unusual move, the golf champion last week took a break from his Open preparations to fly back to the U.S. to be with his kids – Sam, 3, and Charlie, 17 months. "That was an incredible experience, to hang out with my kids," Woods said. "Normally I don't come over here, play two days and then go back home. But the reason I did is obviously for my kids, and we had a great time."

One reporter asked Woods if he was going to play the game more respectfully, to stop cursing and throwing tantrums and "respect the home of golf" this week. Woods replied: "I'm trying to become a better player and a better person, yes."

Grilled further about his personal life, Woods said: "All that really matters is I have two beautiful kids, and I'm trying to be the best dad I can possibly be, and that's the most important thing of all."

Woods was actually asked a few questions about golf, too. After being frustrated with his results lately, particularly his short game, Woods revealed that he is trying a new putter this week – his first new putting club in 11 years.

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