Tiger’s son makes TV debut and feels like he’s at home


The swoop on his shirt and a tiger head cover on his driver looked great.

So did Tiger Woods.

Charlie Woods, the 11-year-old son of the 15-time major champion, made his debut on national TV at the PNC Championship on Saturday. And according to his father, he used to play just like he does at home.

Never think that there were some 250 people with him, more than his father had seen him in the Masters. Charlie confidently swept his club before the shots, quickly picking up the tee on his drive and pumping his fist at the par-5 third hole with 3 feet of wood for the Eagles.

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He completed a 10-under 62 scramble behind four shots from Matt Kutcher and son Cameron.

“I don’t really care about my game,” Woods said. “I’m just making sure Charlie has a time of life. And he’s doing that.”

Charlie Woods is the youngest to play in the 36-hole event that began in 1995 for the head champion and his sons, and now includes family members. He likes the sport too much to start playing in some junior events, and he had no qualifications to play in front of the crowd or the cameras.

A television camera was about 15 feet to the right of Charlie on the opening tee at The Ritz-Carlton Club of Grande Lakes, and he was a bit faster with his swing, pulling it to the left. He used his father’s tee shot and mosaic in 2 feet – Charlie made the bird put.

The last time Team Woods used Tiger’s tee shot to number 15 was in a long hole. It helped that the 11-year-old was able to use a tee 100 yards ahead of the PGA Tour players on some holes.

Woods was not surprised by what he saw at home. It was different – a tournament with professionals, a scorecard that had to be signed, a television audience. But it certainly seemed the same.

Woods said, “I’ve seen it all together. Probably a lot of people don’t have.” “A lot of the shots that he killed, I’ve seen him at Medalist back home this whole year. Of the junior events he played in, these were huge hits. It was a matter of knocking him out for 3 1/2 hours. . It’s a completely different deal. “

The swing was smooth. The methods were familiar. Charlie rolled the ball over the 5th hole and bent over to grab his tee while the ball was flying. Justin Thomas was playing in the group with his father Mike, smiled and said, “God, you’re like your father.” To wait for Thomas, father and son stood side by side, with the right leg above the left ankle.

The Woods’ 8 Through 9 Hole, Capped by Charlie, no. At 9, he made an 8-foot birdie put and walked when the ball was a few feet away. Just like Dad.

The child also played in other ways.

During Pro-Am, Charlie strikes the trees through the fairway. Mike Thomas, a longtime club professional whose specialty is working with juniors, was further in the group and left a note next to Charlie’s ball that said, “Draw hole!” On Saturday, Mike Thomas hit his drive to the bunker at short 4-for-4.

“In typical Woods fashion, he kept the paper,” Justin Thomas said. “My dad hit the bunker, and they took that exact paper and put it behind the ball. So did a little karma there.”

Justin Thomas spends a lot of time with him at home, so he knew how a child could play. Still, Thomas said he is a different type of vein – for his father and for Charlie.

“I knew he was going to wow a lot of people,” Thomas said. He said, “It was good to shape the ball both ways and hit a great shot. We feel that our parents feel that they are watching us play. You want them to be good Perform, but you can’t do anything about it.

“It was competitive, it was delightful, it was memorable and we had some banquet.”

And they get one more day.

They ended with a birdie on par-5 18 – Across the water of the fairway, a small group of people posted a banner on the bridge stating, “Charlie Woods Fan Club – and tied for sixth.”

“The kid’s gamer. He’s a millstone. He’s competitive. But he’s very young,” Justin Thomas said. “I’m pulling for him. I want him to keep it fun, keep it in the light. With what people say it can get out of there. Expectations are going to be high, but I hope it’s on its own. But I hope he stays within himself.

“On his couch at home are 11-, 12-, 13-year-olds who can’t hit those shots on the range. And he’s doing it in front of the crowd and on national TV.”

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