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Tiger's Mom: 'I'm So Proud to Be His Mom'

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Kultida's job as the mother of the world's best golfer has been tough lately. But she says these past few months have taught her only son a lesson that will only make him stronger.

Tiger woods and mom Kultida Woods

After Tiger Woods took to the podium to express his remorse for the sex scandal that has damaged his career and his image, his mother spoke to a small group of reporters assembled at PGA TOUR headquarters.

Kultida told the group, "You know what? I'm so proud to be his mother. Period. This thing, it teaches him, just like golf. When he changes a swing, he wants to get better. He will start getting better, it's just like that. Golf is just like life, when you make a mistake, you learn from your mistake and move on stronger. That's the way he is. 

"As a human being, everyone has faults, makes mistakes and sins," she continued. "We all do. But we move on when we make a mistake, and learn from it. I am upset the way media treated him, like he's a criminal. He didn't kill anybody, he didn't do anything illegal. They've being carrying on from Thanksgiving until now. That's not right!

"People don't understand that Tiger has a very good heart and soul," she went on -- using the work of his Foundation as an example. "Sometimes I think there is a complete double standard. He tried to improve himself."

As for the intense media scrutiny he's been under, she says, "The tabloids and newspapers just killed him, held him back. To me it looked like a double standard."

Asked if this ordeal is the hardest thing he'll ever go through, she answered yes. "When you make a mistake, you learn from it and move on," she said. "That's the way life is, that's a human being. We're not good, and he never claimed he was God. If anyone tells me to condemn him, I say look at yourself first. I would look in their eyes and tell them, 'You're not God!' "

Kultida told the group that this has been very emotional for her as well. She says she's been "upset," adding, "This thing is a family matter. It's not easy to be him. [People] go to work 8 to 5 and go home to have a life with the family. Tiger can't do that. You have to look at the human side. Humans make mistakes. He's not God."

As for the spiritual, Buddhist side of Tiger's life -- and the values she instilled -- she says, "Buddhism teaches you to go deep inside your soul and look through [yourself], and correct the bad thing to be a good thing. When he realized [this], he said okay, and went back to practice Buddhism and that will make him a much better person."

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Sami February 23, 2010, 11:16 AM

Are you kidding me? His mom is standing by him, fine. I can see that. But to say everyone makes faults it’s apart of life. Guess what lady, this is not only a fault this is stupidity!! He not only flat out ruined his career but his life, his wife’s life. He is a disgusting person who did nothing but take his fame to the up most unintelligent level. He is a very stupid man. What was wrong with Elin?? She is freaking gorgeous! Most of the girls he was involved with were a lot worse than Elin. Anyway he will never earn my respect, Ever again.

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