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Tiger Woods to play with 11-year-old Charlie in Father-Son

By: AP |

Up to date: November 20, 2020 10:37:30 am

The PNC Championship is Dec. 19-20 on the Ritz-Carlton Golf Membership Orlando in central Florida. (AP/Twitter)

Tiger Woods nonetheless has one match left this yr which may really feel as massive as any to him.

The PNC Championship introduced Thursday that Woods will play with 11-year-old son Charlie within the match that has paired main champions with their sons since 1995, the yr earlier than the 44-year-old Woods turned professional.

“I can’t let you know how excited I’m to be taking part in with Charlie in our first official match collectively,” Woods mentioned. “It’s been nice watching him progress as a junior golfer, and will probably be unbelievable taking part in as a crew collectively within the PNC Championship.”

The PNC Championship is Dec. 19-20 on the Ritz-Carlton Golf Membership Orlando in central Florida.

Essentially the most tv publicity Charlie obtained was final yr at Augusta Nationwide when Woods wrapped his son in his arms after profitable the Masters for the fifth time, finishing a comeback from 4 again surgical procedures. It was his 15th main, however the first his son noticed him win.

Woods has caddied for his son in junior occasions, and one second that bought loads of consideration was the daddy of one other junior attempting to seize video of Woods, with Charlie and his clean swing within the background.

Woods wrapped up his official yr with an eventful Sunday within the Masters. He was properly out of competition when he took a 10 on the par-3 12th gap, after which adopted with 5 birdies over his final six holes.

The PNC Championship, the brainchild of longtime IMG govt Alastair Johnston, has gone by means of a number of iterations through the years to attempt to hold present with the instances.

It allowed Fuzzy Zoeller to play along with his daughter, Gretchen, and Arnold Palmer to play along with his grandson, Sam Saunders. One yr it had Aaron Stewart play with Paul Azinger after the boy’s father, Payne Stewart, died in a airplane crash. Annika Sorenstam is taking part in along with her father, Tom.

Added to the sector this yr is Justin Thomas taking part in along with his father, longtime Kentucky membership professional Mike Thomas.

For Johnston, having Woods comply with play took him again to a joke that grew to become actuality. They have been next-door neighbors in villas at Isleworth when Woods turned professional in 1996 and signed with IMG.

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The following yr, in his Masters debut as a professional, Woods broke 20 data on his approach to a 12-shot victory, a watershed second in golf on so many ranges and the beginning of the primary massive wave of Tigermania.

Johnston bumped into Woods a couple of days after that Masters for a distinct number of congratulations.

“I had an enormous grin on my face,” Johnston mentioned. “I mentioned, ‘You’ve simply certified to play within the Father-Son.’ He seemed very bemused by the actual fact.”

It took 23 years, however Woods is taking part in.

Johnston started dropping hints by means of folks near Woods a couple of years in the past, and Woods sounded . Among the many questions Woods had was the age of different youngsters. Johnston mentioned sons of Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer every performed at about the identical age.

It in all probability helps that the PNC Championship is not going to have spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although Johnston figures Woods wouldn’t put his son on a public stage until he felt he may deal with it.

The match is televised by NBC.

Woods is the largest attract golf, and Johnston’s thought for the PNC Championship when it began was to entertain golf followers inquisitive about how the sons of main champions performed. (USA TODAY Sports activities)

In an interview with GolfTV this summer season, Woods spoke about his son’s ardour for golf.

“I’m nonetheless profitable — for now,” Woods mentioned. “He’s beginning to get into it. He’s beginning to perceive learn how to play. He’s asking me the fitting questions. I’ve stored it aggressive along with his par, so it’s been simply an absolute blast to go on the market and simply be with him. It jogs my memory a lot of me and my dad.”

Earl Woods at all times made positive his son requested him to play, and Woods is taking the identical strategy along with his personal son.

“I needed it at a really, very early age,” Woods mentioned. “I needed to compete and play on this sport. That’s on him — whether or not he desires it or not.”

Langer, Raymond Floyd and Larry Nelson have gained a number of instances with completely different sons. Gamers should have gained a significant or The Gamers Championship, and their accomplice should not maintain a PGA Tour card.

Others within the area embrace John Daly, Greg Norman, Nick Worth, Lee Trevino and Gary Participant, with one participant nonetheless to be introduced for the 20-team area. The format is a 36-hole scramble, and the winner will get the Willie Park Trophy.

Till deciding to play within the PNC Championship, it was thought Woods ended the yr on the Masters. The Hero World Problem he hosts within the Bahamas, scheduled for Dec. 3-6, was cancelled due to journey points linked to the pandemic.

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