It may be a rare sight these days, but golf fans have long been accustomed to watching Tiger Woods wear the red on Sundays.
But at the PNC Championships, spectators were seeing double. At the final round of the annual event in Orlando, Tiger and his son, Charlie, came out in perfect harmony.
At the age of 13, his father has won two more majors than he has on his birthdays, but Charlie is impressed all the time at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, his tee-and-swing technique inescapable, but eerily accurate, comparisons to his play partner.
The duo finished tied for eighth in a star-studded 20-player field, with only players who have won a major or the Players Championship invited to play with their relatives. After finishing second last year, Woods finished six shots behind three-time Fijian major champion Vijay Singh and his son Kaas Singh.
In addition to matching outfits, the duo also coordinated playing through the pain. Woods, appearing in just his second event since an emotional St Andrews outing at The Open in July, has been dealing with plantar fasciitis, pain on the bottom of his foot, while Charlie has admitted he has an ankle injury he sustained by rolling during training. round.
Injury was the final story of Woods’ career, his playing time decimated since he suffered serious leg injuries in a car crash in February 2021. The 46-year-old pulled out of challenging the world champion earlier this month due to a sore foot, and on points Different He seemed to have difficulty moving during the seventh edition of the match last week.
“It’s been a tough year, but also one of the most rewarding I’ve had in a while,” Woods told reporters on Sunday.
“I don’t know if I’ll come back to play St Andrews at the British Open, but to be able to experience that last time at that level was probably very special to me.”
Sharing a golf cart to get around the course, father and son can be seen limping at times over the weekend. However, with two good feet between them, Woods believed he and his son were “the perfect yin and yang.”
“He has a left foot, I have a right foot and we have two good feet — we’re fine,” Woods said Tell SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio on Saturday.
“There’s a big difference between pain and an injury… If you’re injured you’re not playing, it’s just a little bit of pain and it’s game time – so we go out there and suck it up.”
Charlie added: “I’ve found a newfound respect for him now, after suffering a very minor injury.
“Just to know what he’s been going through, just a little bit of it, and to know how painful it is. It’s amazing how he got to where he is now after everything he’s been through.”
After a friendly match-up with Justin Thomas and his dad, Mike, who finished second, Charlie had kept a courtesy back hand for his dad.
“I feel like I already knew what he was capable of and then yesterday, that’s the best he’s played in a while, and it kind of shocked me a little bit,” he told reporters.
Laughter subsided in the press room only to flare up again with Woods’ response.
“I used to be good,” he said.
“It was great to be able to turn back the clock to see what I was capable of.”
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