Charlie Woods, the 11-year-old son of the 15-time main champion, made his nationwide TV debut Saturday within the PNC Championship.
WASHINGTON — The man with a swoosh on his shirt and a Tiger head cowl on his driver seemed fairly good.
Charlie Woods, the 11-year-old son of the 15-time main champion, made his nationwide TV debut Saturday within the PNC Championship. And in line with his dad, he performed similar to he does at dwelling.
By no means thoughts that he had some 250 folks following alongside, greater than his dad had watching him on the Masters. Charlie confidently twirled his membership earlier than photographs, shortly picked up the tee on his drives and even pumped his fist on the par-5 third gap with a 3-wood into Three ft for eagle.
They completed the scramble format at 10-under 62, 4 photographs behind Matt Kuchar and son Cameron.
“I do not actually care about my recreation,” Woods stated. “I am simply ensuring that Charlie has the time of his life. And he is doing that.”
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Charlie Woods is the youngest to play on this 36-hole occasion that started in 1995 for main champions and their sons, and now consists of all members of the family. He loves the sport sufficient to begin enjoying in a number of junior occasions, and he had no qualms enjoying earlier than a crowd or the cameras.
A tv digicam was place some 15 ft away to the appropriate of Charlie on the opening tee at The Ritz-Carlton Membership at Grande Lakes, and he was somewhat fast together with his swing, pulling it to the left. They used his father’s tee shot and wedge into 2 ft — Charlie made the birdie putt.
That was the final time Workforce Woods used Tiger’s tee shot on an extended gap till No. 15. It helped that the 11-year-old was ready to make use of a ahead tee, 100 yards forward of the PGA Tour gamers on some holes.
Woods was not stunned from what he is seen at dwelling. This was totally different — a match with execs, a scorecard that needed to be signed, a tv viewers. However it certain seemed the identical.
“I’ve seen this all alongside. Most likely not lots of people have,” Woods stated. “Quite a lot of the photographs he hit, I’ve seen them again dwelling at The Medalist this complete yr. The junior occasions he performed in, he hit lots of these. It was a matter of stringing these out for Three half hours. It is a completely totally different deal.”
The swing was clean. The mannerisms had been acquainted. Charlie belted one on the par-5 fifth gap, bending over to seize his tee whereas the ball was nonetheless in flight. Justin Thomas, enjoying within the group together with his father Mike, smiled and stated, “God, you’re a lot like your dad.” Ready for Thomas to putt, father and son stood side-by-side, proper leg crossed over left ankle.
The Woods’ had been Eight underneath via 9 holes, capped off by Charlie making an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 9 and strolling it in when the ball was a number of ft away. Identical to Dad.
The child had recreation in different methods, too.
In the course of the pro-am, Charlie hit one via the golf green into the timber. Mike Thomas, a longtime membership skilled whose specialty is working with juniors, was within the group forward and playfully left a observe subsequent to Charlie’s ball that stated, “Draw Gap!” On Saturday, Mike Thomas hit his drive right into a bunker on the brief par-4 13th.
“In typical Woods’ trend, he stored the paper,” Justin Thomas stated. “My dad hit within the bunker, and he took that actual paper and put it behind the ball. So somewhat karma there.”
Justin Thomas spends lots of time with them at dwelling, so he knew how the child might play. Even so, Thomas stated he a distinct type of nerves — for his dad and for Charlie.
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“I knew he was going to wow lots of people,” Thomas stated. “It was cool to see him form the ball each methods and hit nice photographs. We really feel in all probability what our dad and mom felt rising up watching us play. You need them to do effectively, however you’ll be able to’t do something about it.
“It was aggressive, it was joyful, it was memorable and we had some banter.”
They usually get yet another day.
They completed with a birdie on the par-5 18th — throughout the water left of the golf green, a small group of individuals posted a banner on the bridge that stated, “Charlie Woods Fan Membership — and had been tied for sixth.
“The child’s a gamer. He is a grinder. He is aggressive. However he is so younger,” Justin Thomas stated. “I am pulling for him. I need him to maintain it enjoyable, maintain it mild. It may well get nasty on the market with what folks say. Expectations are going to be excessive, however I hope it stays manageable for himself. I hope he stays inside himself.
“There’s 11-, 12-, 13-year-olds sitting on their sofa at dwelling that may’t hit these photographs on the vary. And he is doing it in entrance of a crowd and on nationwide TV.”