Obama: Tiger Woods can 'absolutely' make a comeback after scandal

President Barack Obama in a recent interview expressed faith that embattled golfer Tiger Woods can restore his once-sterling reputation.

The president told People magazine in an interview that will hit newsstands Friday that he "absolutely" believes that Woods can rehabilitate his broken personal life after it was revealed he has had multiple extramarital affairs.

"I'm a strong believer that anybody can look within themselves, find their flaws and fix them," he said. "I'm sure he feels terrible about what happened, and I suspect that he will try to put his life back together again."

Shortly after Woods, the world's No. 1 golfer, had a minor car crash near his Florida home in November, it was reported that he had several affairs. Woods later issued an apology on his website in which he blamed the crash on a private matter. He subsequently lost a number of personal and professional relationships.

His wife Elin Nordegren has reportedly left him and several of his corporate sponsors have severed ties with him.

Woods has also announced he is taking an indefinite leave of absence from golf. Woods has won 14 major championships, the second most of all time, and is the first black person to achieve an elite level of success in the sport.