Tiger and Charlie Woods virtually pulled it out on Sunday. They broke out the crimson shirts and Tiger and his cub have been on the prowl all through the ultimate day on the PNC Championship. Crew Woods made a tournament-file 11 consecutive birdies at one level, however nonetheless completed two photographs behind the match champions, John Daly and his son John Daly II — a freshman at Arkansas. Crew Daly set its personal match file, ending 27-under par.
The star of the day, nonetheless, was the identical individual because it was in the course of the 2020 PNC Championship, younger Charlie Woods. The 12-year-old dazzled spectators once more, not simply along with his excellent play, however in how he’s virtually a precise duplicate of his father on the golf course. It’s anticipated that he would swing and putt like his father, nevertheless it was to the purpose the place Charlie stares identical to his dad.
Woods was proven a video of the 2 per week earlier than the match, edited to indicate clips of them enjoying side-by-side — and Charlie does every part like dad. He places his hand on hip like Tiger, he leans like his dad, he walks like his dad, he even twirls the membership after his swings and picks the tee up like his dad. Whereas watching the video Woods obtained essentially the most amusement out of their nostril wipe on the course being precisely the identical as a result of they each have allergy symptoms.
Charlie was no different this previous weekend on the PNCs. He was nonetheless twirling that membership to his facet after a shot identical to daddy — they do it virtually like outdated warriors placing their swords again into their sheaths. Their second-place end was fairly an enchancment from a seventh-place end in 2020, however their place within the standings wasn’t the one distinction between this 12 months and final 12 months.
“We had simply the perfect time ever,” Woods told the media on Sunday. “I simply want, like I informed you guys yesterday, I want I may’ve walked down the fairways with him, been side-by-side all the time with him like we have been final 12 months.”
Almost two months to the day after Tiger and Charlie competed within the 2020 PNC Championship was the accident during which Tiger needed to be faraway from his automotive having suffered comminuted open fractures of his tibia and fibula. The damage was so extreme that after leaving the hospital, Woods nonetheless needed to lay in mattress for months in a hospital after which in his home. Whereas he recovered sufficient to play within the match, he nonetheless was not in a position to stroll all the course and had to make use of a golf cart at instances.
Woods’ first public look at a golf occasion was on the Hero World Problem within the Bahamas after Thanksgiving, however he didn’t compete. He simply practiced on the again vary in the course of the competitors and gave a press conference. Woods stated that he’ll now not compete on a full PGA schedule. He was seen wincing at instances in the course of the PNCs, which he known as a “hit and giggles” occasion, however he does need to compete at The Open Championship in July, the final main of the 12 months and the one hundred and fiftieth in historical past.
With the solar setting at midday this time of 12 months, and Christmas on the finish of this week, July is a great distance off. After having seen Tiger play, and play effectively, in a match lower than one 12 months after a automotive accident that just about value him his leg makes it really feel like July is simply far sufficient away to see him on the prowl for actual, again on the hunt for Jack Nicklaus’ file of 18 main championships. That quantity feels only a bit nearer immediately than it did the times main as much as the PNC Championship.
If Woods competes in The Open Championship at St. Andrews, the place he’s received twice earlier than (2000, 2005), that would be the largest sporting occasion of the summer time. I don’t care if Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan have a three-round prelim boxing match on Jake Paul’s subsequent card. To return to match play after almost shedding a leg on prime of all of his different accidents could be wonderful theater. However for now, let’s simply benefit from the weekend we had, the tiger and his cub prowling the again 9 looking for birdies collectively.