Tiger Woods nonetheless has one match left this yr that may really feel as huge 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 enjoying with Charlie in our first official match collectively,” Woods stated. “It’s been nice watching him progress as a junior golfer, and it is going to be unbelievable enjoying as a group collectively within the PNC Championship.”
The PNC Championship is Dec. 19-20 on the Ritz-Carlton Golf Membership Orlando in central Florida.
Probably 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 fifteenth main, however the first his son noticed him win.
Woods has caddied for his son in junior occasions, and one second that obtained 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 rivalry when he took a ten on the par-3 twelfth 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 iterations through the years to attempt to preserve 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 aircraft crash. Annika Sorenstam is enjoying along with her father, Tom.
Added to the sphere this yr is Justin Thomas enjoying along with his father, longtime Kentucky membership professional Mike Thomas.
For Johnston, having Woods conform to play took him again to a joke that turned actuality. They have been next-door neighbors in villas at Isleworth when Woods turned professional in 1996 and signed with IMG.
“When he obtained again, it was two or three days later earlier than we caught up, and I stated, ‘Congratulations.’ I had an enormous grin on my face,” Johnston stated. “I stated, ‘You’ve simply certified to play within the Father-Son.’ He seemed very bemused by the very fact.”
It took 23 years, however Woods is enjoying.
Johnston started dropping hints by folks near Woods just a few years in the past, and Woods sounded . Among the many questions Woods had was the age of different kids. Johnston stated 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 except he felt he might deal with it.
The match is televised by NBC.
Woods is the most important attract golf, and Johnston’s concept for the PNC Championship when it began was golf followers inquisitive about how the sons of main champions performed.
Langer, Raymond Floyd and Larry Nelson have received a number of instances with totally different sons. Gamers should have received a significant or The Gamers Championship, and their associate 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 canceled due to journey points linked to the pandemic.