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Can Tiger Bounce Back Now?

Will Tiger Woods get his roar back?

The star golfer teed off Thursday morning at the Barclays Tournament in Paramus, N.J., amid a renewed look at the scandal that wrecked his six-year marriage to Elin Nordegren.

Nordegren released her side of the story in a People magazine interviwew, saying, "The word 'betrayal' isn't strong enough. I felt like my whole life had fallen apart."

Tiger is now accepting the blame.

In response to her interview, Woods said Wednesday, "I certainly understand that she is sad. And I feel the same way."

He added, "My actions led us to this decision. I've made a lot of errors in my life and this is something I am going to have to live with."

But now, it's errors on the course he's now trying to avoid.

CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reports that, at a brief news conference Wednesday, Woods was pretty candid, admitting the scandal surrounding his personal life was much harder to deal with than he ever let on and that it took a big toll on his golf game.

So can he come back from it all and become a winner again?

Woods himself has said, "I hadn't played consistently the entire year. I played well in two major championships, and that's it."

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Tracy pointed out Woods is still the world's No. 1 golfer, but hasn't won yet this year.

In fact, the weekend Woods and Nordegren signed their divorce settlement, Woods had one of his worst rounds ever, failing to break par in a PGA event for the first time in 11 years.

According to the PGA, while Woods has always been one of the top-four money makers on tour -- now he's ranked 83rd.

Even his apparel line is in the bunker, Tracy reported. According to Golfsmith, a major golf retailer, overall golf apparel sales are up 11 percent, but sales of Woods' line are down 7.5 percent.

Still, despite his problems on and off the course, Woods says 2010 is not a lost year.

Woods said, "I learned a lot about myself and how I can become a better person."

On "The Early Show," Kelly Tilghman, a Golf Channel anchor who landed an exclusive interview with Woodsearlier this year, said he'll find his top form again.

"He's been a prodigy since the day he put his hands on a golf club," she said. "I don't believe it will be at the snap of a finger. There's been times in the past where he turned it around after having a bad tournament and won six or seven PGA Tour events in a row. We may not see something that quickly here because he hasn't been exhibiting a lot of trends. Physically, if he can start putting the pieces together in the next few months, he could easily find a way to get back on top."

However, Tilghman said, Woods is dealing with a lot of emotion now with his divorce.

"The overall story is sadness in both camps, but a sense of finality now that the divorce papers have been finalized and they know what they're doing financially, and more importantly, with the children," she said.

Tilghman said Woods has understandably become more insular since the scandal broke.

"His world has been turned upside down," she explained. "Self-inflicted wounds, no doubt about it. But obviously for a man who valued privacy above most things in life, I think this is something that's been very disturbing for him."

And what about Nordegren's words about their divorce -- were they disturbing for the golfer to see?

Tilghman said, "He had to know it was coming. ... The words he saw in print were probably words they've shared between each other, not just in the last few days, obviously, since this has happened."

She added Woods has begun to reveal more about his life than he ever has through simple details.

"In recent weeks we've seen a Tiger a little more exhausted, a little more weary from the roads he's been traveling, and slowly been giving more to the public just in the shortest sentences," Tilghman said. "He's been saying more revealing things about, 'It's been a long year.' That's a sign of honesty from him. He's a little beat up."