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Pierce: The end of Tiger as we know him

Tiger Woods, seen here at the U.S. Open in New York in June, told bawdy jokes and made distasteful remarks in a 1997 Esquire article written by Charles P. Pierce. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) Tiger Woods, seen here at the U.S. Open in New York in June, told bawdy jokes and made distasteful remarks in a 1997 Esquire article written by Charles P. Pierce.
December 2, 2009

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Boston Globe Magazine's Charles P. Pierce wrote a controversial profile of Tiger Woods before the 1997 Masters for Esquire, and in the wake of Tiger's late-night car crash outside his Florida home, the subsequent flurry of speculation and media hysteria, and Tiger's apology, Pierce has penned his take on the situation for Esquire.

Here's how it starts. Follow the link at bottom to read the full story, which contains a link to the original 1997 profile.

By Charles P. Pierce

Tiger Woods and I go back a long ways. A little bit over twelve years, truth be told. Back then, I wrote a profile of him just prior to his winning the 1997 Masters, the first major accomplishment of his professional career. Over the course of a day's worth of interviews, which were themselves the result of negotiations with his People at the International Management Group that were so protracted they should have been moved to Panmunjom, Tiger made some distasteful remarks and told some puerile and sexist jokes. Seeing as how they occurred during my limited interview time, I included them in my story, along with some not-overly-subtle intimations that Tiger had a reputation even among golfers as something of a chaser. The quotes were a Media Thing for a brief time, and the ensuing dust storm looks positively charming compared to what's certainly coming after the events of this past weekend, which already appears to be something between Al Cowlings on the highway and an episode of The Real Housewives of Gated Communities.