ORLANDO, Fla. – Padraig Harrington is playing in the PNC Championship for the third time and likes the idea of bonding with his son, Patrick, and exposing him to a game that excels as a pro.
He also enjoys checking out the various golf swings of legends and amateurs. Three caught her eye this week: Gary Player, Lee Trevino and Charlie Woods.
Yes, this is the two 80-year-old Hall of Famers and the 11-year-old son of Tiger Woods, the youngest player to compete in the event starting Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.
“I think what’s interesting: I think Tiger got a little ahead of me at the same time before or around me,” Harrington said after a Pro-Am round on Friday. “This is the first tournament I’ve ever played in Tiger Woods that he is not the star of this show.
“He should note himself. He’s not the star of the show this week. And there is so much between the players and the pros. We’re all going under this limit, and everyone is stopping to see Charlie.” By the way, Tiger. ‘It’s unbelievable the discussion he created. “
There was quite a surprise last month when Woods announced that he would play an event reserved for major champions and family members.
Charlie Woods has shown himself to be quite a player, with a golf swing that closely resembles that of his famous father, who has won 15 major titles. Tiger Woods repeatedly stated that he wanted his son to “enjoy” the game. During two Pro-Am appearances, Charlie showed plenty of promise.
Harrington, 49, is the captain of the European Ryder Cup team, the biennial competition which was postponed until 2021 due to a coronovirus epidemic. Winner of 31 world-wide tournaments, including three major championships, he formed part of his battle with Old Woods over the years.
But he is talking about what’s happening to Charlie Woods.
“For me, I’ve seen three golf swings this week,” Harrington said. “Three people I’ve actually stopped to keep an eye on. Gary Player. Lee Trevino and Charlie Woods. I stop to look at the sons. But especially three I take my time.
“Gary Player for me at age 85, it’s just incredible how well he hits it. Lee Trevino is still a pretty ball-striker at age 81. Wouldn’t you like that? And its Opposite? At the age of 11 you have Charlie Woods and what’s next. It’s interesting.
“Push the tiger aside,” Harrington joked. “You’re no longer a story.”
Like his experience with Patrick, who is 17, Herrington said the idea is fun and don’t worry too much about the results.
“Of course a few years ago you wanted him to hit a good shot,” Harrington said. “I remember the first year he hit a lovely pitch at 13 and left it behind. Stoned him. And they showed it on TV. It’s the key. They showed it on TV. It was an extraordinary shot, but It was broadcast.
“They are not about showing bad shots. We are here to enjoy ourselves. They do a good job. As much pressure as the kids will have, it’s not too bad as a format. If you’re leading. Tournament. , There’s a bit of pressure. But if you’re not, it’s a really enjoyable week. “
Tiger and Charlie Woods left with Justin Thomas and his father Mike at 11:48 AM ET.