The golfer, battered by a Thanksgiving car crash, a sex scandal and a very public divorce from Elin Nordegren – along with a decline in his golf performance – says he's learned from all of it.
"It's been difficult, but also it's been very rewarding at the same time," Woods, 34, said Tuesday at the Chevron World Challenge tournament in Thousand Oaks, Calif. "It forced me to look deeper into myself and look … how I grew up and how those things didn't match with the person who I am, and getting back to that, getting back to how my parents raised me basically.
"It's been good. I'm very excited about the future because of that."
Describing the past year as "very painful," Woods says that focusing on golf while his personal life was falling apart was "harder than anyone could ever imagine unless you've actually gone through it before yourself."
Asked about what the new and improved Woods will look like, the golfer replied, "Just live it day by day. That's all I can do. Each and every day just try to become a little bit better."
Woods also says he's committed to preventing a repeat of this year's troubles.
"It's creating boundaries, and like I said from the very get-go, there was certainly some boundary failure, and it's about creating proper boundaries," he said. "I'm excited about the future because of that."