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Tiger Woods appearances are rare. Recently operated on his ankle after his abandonment at the last Masters, the man with 82 victories on the PGA Tour was present recently to see his son Charlie win with eight strokes ahead of one of the biggest tournaments of the season among the 14-15, with the only score under par.

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Tiger Woods is one of the patrons of the Hurricane Junior Tour on which Charlie Woods shines.

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The Tiger is still recovering and we should not see him again in competition this season. His presence remains hoped for on the American Ryder Cup team this fall in Italy, in a role that remains to be defined.

And to see him play golf, it will certainly not be before the PNC Championship that he would play with his family with his son at the end of the season. Eldrick Tont Woods (born December 30, 1975), better known as Tiger Woods, is an American golfer.

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Considered among the best golfers of all time, as well as the best of the modern era, in his more than twenty-year career he won 110 professional tournaments, including 15 majors, making him the most successful player in history ; held the number one position in the OWG world rankings for a total of 683 weeks, 281 of which were consecutive weeks (from June 12, 2005 to October 30, 2010), and is the only golfer to have won all four majors in the modern era within a single year (between 2000 and 2001).In 2014, he became the first sportsman in the world to surpass one billion dollars in earnings from wins and sponsorships.[5] He was later surpassed by Michael Jordan and his net worth is estimated at $1.8 billion as of 2023, making him the second highest paid sportsman ever.

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In 2019, US President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States of America. Winner of 15 major tournaments (second only to Jack Nicklaus, with 18) between 1997 and 2019, he indelibly marked the history of this sport, bringing it under the spotlight after years in which such a dominant and charismatic figure was missing.

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Among the many moments that have gone down in golf history, they remember the incredible holed approach to the 16th of the last round of the 2005 Masters, and the victory after a play-off hole against Rocco Mediate at the U.S.

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2008 Open at the end of the four rounds played with a tibia fracture and a knee ligament that will be reconstructed a few days later. Historic rivalries with Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh, among the only athletes able to undermine his dominance, even if only on and off.

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The PNC Championship is a fun event in the golf circle. What happens is, players partner up with one of their family members and compete against other teams. Although it’s a competitive event, the focus is on bonding with family and peers and having fun.

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In 2022, Vijay Singh’s team won the tournament, in which Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas had also taken part. Justin Thomas was with his father Mike, and Woods was with his son Charlie. Justin Thomas, who shares a warm bond with the Woods family, had a fun banter with Charlie and Tiger Woods during the event. Let’s relive it.

Charlie Woods explains his fashion choice

In a post-round press conference during the event, Tiger and Charlie Woods both answered some questions, particularly in relation to the 82-time PGA Tour winner’s health and ability to play.

Toward the end of their time, Justin Thomas jumped in for a quick question. He asked Charlie about the secret behind his hat. Charlie was wearing a hat with ‘snoopy’ embedded in it. Snoopy is a comic-based dog, a beagle specifically.

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The question put a smile on the father-son duo’s faces. Charlie mildly chuckled and said, “It’s the hat that was in my closet that fits the best. That’s all I can say about it.” Tiger’s face showed amusement, laughter, approval, and a bit of contemplation. “Good answer” was his response to his son’s reply.

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The duo answered a few other questions as well, like concerning the vibe of the tournament. Tiger was particularly asked to share the experience of playing with his son and other families. The 15-time major winner sounded like he enjoyed the experience overall. However, it seemed he was a bit disappointed with his slow recovery.

Tiger mentioned the word grief a few times. Charlie also spoke about his father’s health and form. Here is a recap of that part of the conference.

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Charlie Woods approves his father’s game

One question focused on what the duo learned about each other during the event. Tiger Woods looked at his son with a half-smirk and half-smile and suggested that Charlie answer.

Charlie Woods and Tiger Woods

Charlie started off by saying how he knew his father was a capable player. He shared his thoughts on the previous day’s performance and it resulted in a few chuckles from the crowd. Tiger Woods smiled too and got ready to react to it.

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Charlie said: “Yesterday, that’s the best he’s ever played in a while.” He took that even further and added, “And that kind of shocked me a little bit.” Tiger Woods nodded and smiled as he heard this. He playfully added, “Yeah, I used to be good.”

Tiger continues to struggle. He has not played any professional golf since the Masters earlier this year. Just like last year at the PNC Championship, fans are hopeful he will return soon and recreate his magic on the golf course.

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Despite his prolonged injury, the name Tiger Woods has made waves in the golf community for a long time. Even as his absence looms over the entire sport, any ardent sports fan would be on the edge of their seats with anticipation when it comes to the legend who made it big in the game.

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Impressively, his son, Charlie Woods, shows an even more promising future in the game. Moreover, a YouTube golfer had much to say regarding the duo which came as a surprise to the golf community.

YouTube golfer shares his experience with Tiger Woods and his son Charlie

The genius young golfer has more than enough followers in the golf world owing to his amazing skills and his father’s fame. This was the case even with Grant Horvat who took to The Rick Shiels Golf Show to narrate an experience he had with the two golfers.

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Recounting an incident that occurred at the Medalist Golf Club, which is home to the GOAT of the game, Horvat mentioned how he got to play with the 82-time PGA Tour winner. He went ahead to talk about the “special” memory of playing with “a certain high profile player” and “his son” who seemed to play there, hinting at the legend of the game.

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The YouTube star made sure to mention how he became friendly with Charlie during his play at the Medalist. Continuing with his experience, the internet sensation said, “We’ve been able to play a couple of times together and I got to hang out with… the dad of that son” all the while implying that he got to play with the 15-time major winner and his genius son.

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The YouTube star made sure to mention how he became friendly with Charlie during his play at the Medalist. Continuing with his experience, the internet sensation said, “We’ve been able to play a couple of times together and I got to hang out with… the dad of that son” all the while implying that he got to play with the 15-time major winner and his genius son.

The spotlight fell on the 47-year-old and his son amidst the news of a potential comeback. The 1997 Masters Tournament champ made the headlines when he was rumored to be making an appearance at the upcoming Nexus Cup.

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Is Woods making a comeback to the sport?

The 2023 Nexus Cup will be taking place at the Liberty National in New Jersey and the Hall of Famer is all set to grace the venue with his presence. A recent post on Instagram by twspot, a fan community dedicated to the legend, showed his clubs assorted within his golf bag at the course.

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The golfer was seen on the course ahead of the tournament which is said to be the ‘ultimate amateur golf experience’. Moreover, Woods had earlier mentioned how it would be very enjoyable for the teams to participate in the tournament since it is a course that has hosted playoff events and a Presidents Cup in 2017.

What did you think of the news of the GOAT’s possible comeback? Do you think he will be able to regain his glory? Share your thoughts below.

The beauty of the sport of golf is that it is never restricted by age. Usually, golfers start to display talent in the early stages of their lives. Such was the case for Tiger Woods when he first made his debut in the golfing cosmos.

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Charlie Woods, on the other hand, appears even more promising at an earlier age. He has golf running in his blood and is swiftly following in the footsteps of his father, making incredible shots and turning heads every which way. While Father Woods is on sabbatical, Woods junior made an exemplary shot that left fans reeling.

Charlie Woods is just as competitive as his father

Charlie Woods

Earlier this season, during the Masters Tournament, Tiger Woods made the heartbreaking revelation that he would be withdrawing from competitive golf indefinitely. This was a difficult decision that the golfing legend had to make in light of the pain and discomfort caused by the injuries he sustained in February 2021.

While fans did receive a bit of hope when the 47-year-old golfer was spotted at the Old Palm Golf Club, walking comfortably around the course, his return to PGA Tour events remains in question. However, his son, Charlie Woods, certainly turned a few eyes in his direction when he took the tee shot yards ahead of his competitors. The incredible shot was captured during the Notah Begay III Junior Tour, wherein Tiger Woods was spotted caddying for his son, which is a massive encouragement for the aspiring golfer.

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The driving distance between Charlie Woods’ first shot and the other kids’ was significantly longer. Young Mr. Woods seems to have landed it in the rough, whereas the other boys safely kept it around the fairway. But he is Tiger Woods’ son, so he loves a good challenge and lives for competition.

 

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Although his extraordinary shot was truly inspiring, it isn’t the first time he’s dominated the course with his impressive drive. In fact, just a few months ago, Woods’ Sr. himself made a revelation about the 14-year-olds’ drive and how the golf legend himself could not keep up!

Is Charlie Woods the longest driver in the Woods household?

Much like his father, young Charlie Woods has a massive fan following. Golf enthusiasts and even PGA Tour pros often want to learn more about him. Hence, back in December last year, when Woods was competing in ‘The Match” against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, the 3-time major winner asked him about Woods’ Jr. game, specifically, “Is he out-driving you?”

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The 15-time major winner’s answer was quite shocking! Instantly, and dejectedly he stated, “I hate to say it, but I’ve got to admit it: he finally did it.” However, the saving grace was that it was a one-time thing for now! Woods explained that he had “spun one” while his son had “tomahawked” it and beat the golf legend on that drive.

It certainly seems like Woods Jr. is already on his path to greatness, however, when the time will come when he’s regularly outdriving his father, remains to be seen!

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The golf world has witnessed many parent-child duos over the years. From the likes of Jack Nicklaus and his son Gary to the very coveted Tiger Woods and Charlie Woods, fans always yearn for more when it comes to the ever-popular thought of a child following in the footsteps of their parents legacy. However, the family power pairs don’t just end there!

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In recent years, while Woods Jr. hones his golf skills, there have been other parent-child pairs that the fans eagerly look towards, and the young one of one such pair, who is often deemed Charlie’s future rival, has now taken the world by storm. At just 11, he’s gone on to achieve a feat that has left his parents “proud”!

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Charlie Woods’ 11-year-old rival achieves an extraordinary feat

The child in question is none other than the son of LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam! In her prime, the Swedish star’s presence on the field was a threat to many golfers. And now, following in her footsteps, William McGee, her 11-year-old son, is exhibiting extraordinary talents! The youngster, in fact, is so invested in the game that, from time to time, he also offers his champion mother some wise counsel.

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Will has been garnering attention in the golf world ever since he went on to dazzle many, including Justin Thomas, with his left-handed straight strokes last December. And now, with his participation in a golf event, the young golf maestro has proven that he’s only improved since and is moving towards catching up to the likes of his 14-year-old adversary, Charlie Woods.

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McGee Jr. recently participated in this week’s Lake Highland School golf competition. While he may not have dominated at the event, during the days he conquered a significant obstacle on the course, earning praise from many, especially his proud father. Mr. McGee wrote on Twitter: ”Thx for the well wishes for Will yesterday. We thought he played well. They played the “blue tees,” which are long for him. Can only reach 4 holes in reg & needed woods for those. +3 after 2 & shot 41. 2nd on team, 3rd overall. Proud of his attitude & fight. Like mama!”

Both Sorenstam and her husband are undoubtedly more than proud to see their child making every effort to improve his game. However, they weren’t the only ones. Fans went on to shower William with appreciation after news of his mammoth achievement went public. And rightly so after all; he was following in his mom’s footsteps now and proving himself to be “a beast” on the course!

Fans cheer on McGee for his first step toward continuing his mother’s legacy

Little McGee found tons of love and support among the fans for his amazing feat online after his father’s tweet went viral. In the comments section, they then went on to raise the spirits of the young golfer.

One fan claimed that this experience would make Will’s game better.

Other fans commented that it was admirable of William to see the blue tee as a challenge and try to overcome it. He was tough, according to the golf world.

Tiger is a protective father but the decision to catapult his son into public view at the PNC Championship is an interesting one

Nobody who owns a yacht named Privacy is likely to pursue publicity. Tiger Woods has made the keeping of secrets an art form despite spending the majority of his life as one of the most recognisable people on earth. Hank Haney, the golf coach, once told the story of being chastised by his star client for giving a television executive a nod towards Woods’s likely schedule. Any member of the media who claims they properly know Woods is spoofing; there is deliberate, visible distance kept between the 15-times major winner and all but those within his inner sanctum. So many questions, so few answers.

Against this backdrop, the profile given to 13-year-old Charlie Woods – and at his father’s own volition – is intriguing. The PNC Championship in Orlando ordinarily provides a bit of hit-and-giggle for high-profile golfing families but the now routine involvement of Team Woods raises interest levels significantly. Including to the point where it can make for uncomfortable reading or listening. This weekend, we have seen Charlie’s divot pattern assessed. Every pose and swing is likened to his iconic father. This is a child, subject to the kind of scrutiny that would be deemed unhealthy by plenty of onlookers. How does Charlie seamlessly return to the classroom having been plastered all over the Golf Channel for 72 hours?

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What makes this situation so intriguing is that Tiger, such a fiercely protective father, is better placed than anybody to comprehend the attention placed on his young son. The pair can play golf within Floridian-gated communities, away from prying eyes, whenever they choose. Instead, Tiger thinks it useful – and now more than once – to catapult Charlie into public view with golf club in hand. Equally interesting is that Charlie, for all we can reasonably tell, relishes the environment. He has no apparent desire to shun the limelight or wilt as cameras click and golf analysts swoon.

Tiger’s connection to his own father, Earl, has always been key to a story of sporting greatness. Sufficient evidence has been produced to suggest Earl was not the most pleasant of characters and some of his “training” of an emerging Tiger would equate to child cruelty in modern terms, but the US army veteran was perfectly correct when insisting his was a child who would change golf. Tiger was not so much a project for Earl as an obsession, which in turn seems to have fuelled the tunnel-vision approach of a golfer who was a Masters champion at 21. This was no ordinary relationship, which produced no ordinary golfer.

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Charlie’s scenario is altogether different. For all he is clearly a very good player, with potential to be a great one, he has not reached the position where he is breaking childhood record upon record. The junior tournament domain in Florida he typically competes in is of an incredibly high standard. Tiger has spoken of Charlie’s love for multiple sports. When it comes to golf, Charlie is already encountering reference by association which was never any burden to Tiger. Charlie, regardless of what he achieves in sport and life, will forever be Tiger Woods’s son. Earl had no status whereby the same applied. People knew of the emergence of a teenage Tiger but the absence of social media in the 1990s meant his development was largely in private. Type “Charlie Woods” into YouTube and a sense of the number of eyeballs the teenager has already commanded is plain.

If the golfing public are not already crying out for the next Tiger Woods, they soon will be. He will turn 47 at the end of this month, with the number of surgeries already undergone leaving us all to speculate what age his body may resemble under slacks and a polo shirt. Tiger has played pretty decently at the PNC and he has milked the sense of competitive importance but this is so far removed from what he once specialised in. He withdrew from the recent Hero World Challenge as injury prevented him from walking the course.

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It would follow fairytale if Charlie becomes the new Tiger. Perhaps it is Tiger’s chosen path to oversee precisely that. The PGA Tour and Nike must be among those in a state of frenzy about the very prospect. But it would also be quite incredible if the heat and hype, already at a questionable point, does not become so great that Charlie backs away. It will be possible for him to love golf without trying to emulate arguably the greatest player of all time while encountering comparison at every step. A spectator cheering for “Baby Tiger” in Orlando may seem harmless enough – and it drew a smile from Charlie – but there is a danger of suffocation long before this kid features in a significant event. Does Tiger want to see first-hand if Charlie can handle all this, before career goals are set?

Charlie’s step into public view has not been in isolation. Earlier this year, Tiger’s daughter, Sam, delivered a wonderful speech as her father was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Sam told the story of Tiger missing a putt to force a playoff at the 2007 US Open before immediately flying to attend her birth. “He may have lost that day, but he won the greatest gift of all,” she said, to roars of laughter. Sitting in the audience alongside his stoical grandmother, Charlie had a constant glint in his eye.

Maybe Charlie Woods could never be any other teenager. If his life is enriched by standing on golf courses alongside Justin Thomas, John Daly et al then he is fully entitled to revel in that. Others must ponder where all this will ultimately lead and why a sportsman so wary of private eyes has changed approach entirely.

Professional golfer Eldrick “Tiger” Woods has been one of the most polarizing figures in sports history. The golfer dominated on the green and became one of the most recognizable faces in sports, landing lucrative brand endorsements from Nike, Bridgestone, Rolex and many others. Once a child prodigy, Woods far exceeded already high expectations since he became a professional golfer in 1996 and, as Biography notes, “he became the youngest man and the first African American to win the U.S. Masters” just a year later.

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The golfer, who trails only Jack Nicklaus on the all-time list for the most major championship victories, told TIME in 2015 that winning tournaments was no longer his top priority. “My kids are more important to me than anything else in the world,” he noted. Tiger has two children with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren: Sam Alexis Woods and Charlie Woods. While the kids may have grown up in the shadow of their father, Charlie has been making a name for himself since 2020. Beyond the appearances of Charlie in the gallery supporting his father at golf events, he has done some remarkable things to add another chapter to the Woods family legacy. Read on to discover the untold truth about Charlie.

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Charlie Woods was named after his uncle

Tiger Woods and his then-wife Elin Nordegren welcomed their second child Charlie Axel Woods on Feb. 8, 2009. On Tiger’s website (via People), he said in a statement, “We had a couple names and Charlie just fit.” The golf great added that “Axel” comes from “Elin’s brother’s name.” As Tiger put it, “We wanted to make sure it stayed in the family.”

A theory emerged that the name Charlie carried significance beyond it “just fit,” given the link between the child’s first name and the late Charlie Sifford, the first Black golfer to become a PGA TOUR member when he broke the “Caucasian-only clause.” There was a personal connection, too: Sifford was a close friend of Tiger’s late father, Earl Woods, and, according to the Associated Press (via PGA Tour), Sifford referred to Tiger as his “grandson.” Likewise, Tiger felt a similar sentiment, telling the Los Angeles Times, “He’s like the Grandpa I never had.” Tiger also noted, “I probably wouldn’t be here [without Sifford]. My dad would have never have picked up the game. Who knows if the clause would still exist or not? But he broke it down.”

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Granted, Tiger hasn’t publicly linked Charlie’s name to the personal connection on his father’s side, but given the nod toward his mother’s side, it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

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Charlie Woods can speak his mother’s native tongue

Charlie Woods happens to be bilingual. Elin Nordegren, Charlie’s mother, told People in 2010 that even though she was raising her kids in Florida, they would tap into their mother’s Swedish heritage.

The Swedish model told the outlet, “My children and I are both Swedish and American citizens, we speak both languages.” She also spoke of her plans at the time to take her children to Sweden often to visit their maternal relatives and “experience the culture.” In addition to teaching Charlie and his sister, Sam Woods, the Swedish tongue, Nordegren also celebrates Swedish customs with them. As early as age one-and-a-half, Charlie, along with his sister and mother, was spotted “dancing around [a] Christmas tree” to celebrate Saint Lucia’s Day, which is an annual Swedish celebration of Winter Solstice, according to People.

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Well, you can take the boy out of Sweden but you can’t take the Sweden out of Charlie.

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Soccer was Charlie Woods’ first pick

In a video that’s made the internet rounds, Charlie Woods was spotted swinging a golf club at the age of four. However, he and his older sister, Sam Woods, were hooked on a totally different sport as youngsters. In 2018, Tiger Woods told GOLF his kids were “keen into soccer.”

When the outlet asked whether or not the five-time Masters Tournament winner would urge his children to spend more time hitting the links, Tiger replied, “If they want to play golf, that’s great. If they don’t, that’s fine, too.” Charlie’s father mentioned that he enjoyed getting a chance to “pass the ball around with them” and “watching them compete and play” in games, adding, “It’s so much fun to see how happy and passionate they are about soccer.” In 2020, Tiger told Golf Digest the pandemic shifted his son’s interests. “He started getting the bug for [golf],” Tiger said, and added, “Like all kids, they go from one thing to the next … But who knows, it could switch to something else.”

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With Charlie drawing an interest in golf on his own accord, does that mean he was fated to play this sport?

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Charlie Woods hit his first eagle early on

When Charlie Woods joined forces with his father Tiger Woods at the 2020 PNC Championship, something special happened on the green: Charlie hit a career milestone under the national spotlight.

In a clip of the tournament, one of the commentators notes that Charlie used “a 5-wood that he rips for about 175 yards.” In the same snippet, you can hear Tiger shout, “Awesome shot.” When Charlie made contact, his ball traveled with an arc to stay on the fairway and put him in putting position. After sinking the putt, his father patted him on the back as the two were all smiles when Charlie hit his first-ever eagle. Tiger told PGA Tour he was the same age as Charlie when he hit his first eagle. “I remember doing it with my dad … and it was the most perfect moment,” he recalled.

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Like father, like son, Charlie wowed the world with his golf swing when he was surrounded by cameras. Funnily enough, this was similar to how his father once impressed the public with his swing as a child on The Mike Douglas Show. Could this be a sign that Charlie is on pace to have a professional golf career on par with his father?

At the PNC Championship, the first tournament for the 15-time major champion since a devastating car crash in February, father and son inspired awe — and trepidation.

To watch Tiger Woods and his son play golf over the weekend was to feel a kaleidoscope of emotion.

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Goodness, it was something to see Tiger back. It was just 10 months ago when his S.U.V. tumbled off the road in suburban Los Angeles. He nearly died. He had to be pried from the overturned wreck of mangled metal. His injuries, including compound fractures in his right leg, were so severe that doctors discussed amputation.

He spent nearly a month in the hospital, and three more laid up in bed.

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And yet there he was, golf’s complicated and magnificent lodestar, healthy enough now to grind and grimace through 36 holes at the PNC Championship, a casual soiree of a tournament teaming golfing greats with family members.

For Tiger Woods, that meant pairing with his son, 12-year-old Charlie, who after being put on center stage for the second year running at this tournament is now renowned in the game of golf and far beyond.

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All weekend — particularly on Sunday when the duo battled briefly to the top of the leaderboard on the back nine — father and son inspired awe and, dare I say it, trepidation.

We kept one eye on Charlie Woods, noticing every way he mirrored his father. Every hitch, every grimace and smile and stance. Every torquing twist and long follow-through and confident twirl of the iron.

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We kept another eye on Tiger, two years removed from winning his 15th and last major championship, the 2019 Masters.

He flashed enough tantalizing glimpses of old form to foreshadow a return one day to truly competitive, high-test golf.

But Tiger Woods, 45, is clearly compromised. For every glimmer of magic in this nationally broadcast event — the orbital drives that nestled upon the greens, the lengthy putts that curved and swept to their targets — came reminders that he is no longer the same.

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He often walked with a noticeable limp, favoring his left leg over his right. Sometimes he grimaced and groaned after swinging hard. On drives, he could not push off on his right leg the way he needs. And over the last few holes of the tournament he was on occasion outplayed by Charlie.

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But the weekend was not just about the father. For fans, it was also about the son. Because of who Tiger is and how he plays, there is an equal fascination with Charlie, who last December played this tournament as its youngest competitor ever. It was then that the enchantment began. Fans could not get enough of Charlie, Tiger’s mini-me, a then-11-year-old whose technique was pristine — and mirrored his father’s to a T.

This year’s competition offered more of the same. On television, anchors used slow-motion video to analyze and fawn over Charlie’s backswing, his follow-through, his hip turn.

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Early in the week, shots of Charlie hitting practice shots on the Orlando Ritz-Carlton course slung across the internet. Casual duffers who have spent the better part of three decades worshiping Tiger now stand in awe of Tiger’s 12-year-old.

What does this portend for Charlie?

Charlie AXEL Woods

Watching him play smack dab in front of the world brought to mind a difficult back story: the well-known tale of Tiger Woods and his father, Earl Woods. The elder Woods eagerly infused his dreams into the life of his son, who grew up before our eyes, making his debut on national television at age 2, hitting balls in front of Bob Hope on “The Mike Douglas Show.”

Before Tiger’s teens were done he was drenched in fame — and saddled with staggering expectations. Tiger would not just be the greatest golfer who ever lived, his father contended in those early, heady days, he would “do more than any other man in history to change the course of humanity.”

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Can it be any surprise that Tiger grew into a man saddled with deep emotional wounds?

When his internal struggles spilled out in the open, it was as ugly as can be: sex scandals, addiction, divorce, a charge of driving under the influence in 2017.

To many, he is and always will be a superhero.

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He is also a cautionary tale.

On Sunday, with the tournament on the line, Charlie struck two perfect drives, including a 5-iron on the 17th he placed as beautifully as any shot hit by any of the field’s pros. He followed those irons with a pair of clutch putts, securing two more birdies for Team Woods, giving them 11 birdies in a row.

Tiger’s son relished all of it.

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How long can that last? Think of the assumptions of greatness with which Charlie will now have to contend.

He appears to be a wunderkind. But because he is the son of Tiger, and because he has now been thrust before the public because of his golfing skills, the spotlight will begin to burn much hotter.

How will this affect him, not as a golfer but as a human being? Is it possible that Tiger would have better served Charlie by waiting three or four more years to unveil his son to the world?

Time will tell.

Team Woods nearly ended the PNC with a win. They finished two shots back of John Daly and his son, John II, now a freshman on the golf team at the University of Arkansas.

“What a blast it was,” Tiger Woods said, shortly after he and his young and now famous partner finished by making par on the 18th hole. “We just had a blast all day.”

The teenage son of golf legend Tiger Woods is already showing signs of inheriting at least a dusting of his father’s skillset after carding a lifetime-best 68 at the US Junior National Golf Championship.

Charlie Woods, aged just 13, had his father as his caddie as he finished the tournament in style with an eagle and two birdies on his final nine holes to claim a fourth-place finish in the two-round event.

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While Woods was 11 shots behind eventual winner Darren Zhou, the fact he recovered from an opening round, eight-over, 80 showed the fighting attitude and determination that marked many of Tiger’s own victories.

Charlie credited his father’s help in resetting his mind to be able to post his best ever score.

CHARLIE WOODS and Tiger Woods

“Well, Dad told me to stay patient,” Charlie told tournament media. “Just play steady golf. Just stay patient, play, focus on each shot, don’t look too far ahead. Just stay in the game.”

Charlie has competed alongside his 15-time major winning father twice at the PNC Championship, and Tiger is no stranger to caddying for Charlie in other events.

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“I couldn’t have done it without him,” Charlie said. “I mean, some shots, I would have been so off. But he steered me in the right course.”

Charlie Woods and Tiger Woods

Meanwhile, while Tiger was on the course helping his son compete, he was also making an impact from a distance for the US Presidents Cup team, acting as a de facto assistant for team captain Davis Love III.

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Woods aided the team in their 17 1/2 to 12 1/2 victory with frequent phone calls, as he relayed his observations of the course and players from television coverage.

Jordan Spieth made putts from all over Quail Hollow and capped off a 5-0 week, Xander Schauffele delivered the cup-clinching point and lit up his big cigar, and the Americans won the Presidents Cup for the ninth straight time over the Internationals.

The first question Tiger Woods faced at the PNC Championship was an easy one: Do you get the sense that you’re the second most watched person out here? “Yeah,” he said. “Nothing wrong with that.”

For the man who’s been the biggest draw in golf for the last 25 years, it was an acknowledgement that he’d been surpassed by his 13-year-old son, Charlie, his teammate for the 36-hole tournament taking place this weekend at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Unfortunately for Tiger, it wasn’t the only way he’s been outdone by his offspring: The 15-time major winner also recently admitted that while playing at home, Charlie had outdriven him on one hole.

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This issue of father-son competition raises the billion-dollar question: Could Charlie one day out-earn the old man?

Tiger’s career rake runs to an estimated $1.7 billion, so good luck kid.

Charlie Woods and Tiger Woods

Of course, it’s a different world. Next fall Charlie should enter high school, a realm currently coming to grips with NIL money, which could jump start the son’s asset accumulation. “Charlie is in rare air, just from name recognition alone,” said Sam Weber, the senior director of communications at Opendorse, an NIL platform. “He’s similar to Arch Manning, Bronny James and even Shaquille O’Neal’s sons in that way.”

How does that sort of family legacy translate to cold hard NIL cash? “He’s probably looking at seven figures as soon as he’s eligible,” Weber said, adding that it “would be surprising if the brands that have been prominent in Tiger’s career would not want to join the fold. You can almost see the Nike commercial with the two of them.”

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There are a few hazards to clear before Charlie and his chaperone can begin to “Just Duo It.” First, Florida law prohibits high school athletes from taking NIL money, though this may be less of an obstacle than it first appears. The law could change or Charlie could forego high-school golf and simply play on one or more of the junior golf circuits available. He’s even eligible to qualify for the U.S. Junior (which Pops won thrice).

Charlie Woods

The other slippery slopes are those of desire and ability. As much as he seems to enjoy showing his stuff for the cameras, Charlie may not want to spend the rest of his days whacking the turf with a metal stick and chasing a little white orb around the landscape. “It doesn’t really matter how good you are at 11, 12, 13 years of age,” three-time major winner Padraig Harrington recently told Golf Digest on the subject of young Woods. “It’s how much he loves the game when he’s 22 years of age. … It’s fascinating to watch now, but it will come down to how much he really loves the game for how successful he is.”

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Then there’s performance. Despite the perfect form and silky smooth mechanics, Charlie may not turn out to be as solid as the block from which he was chipped. Truth told, no one in the recorded history of man has swung a mashie as well as Charlie’s dad, and not that many more have been able to earn a living doing so. The PGA Tour funnel grows so narrow that there’s no dishonor in failing to squeeze through.

Still, evidence that Charlie has the right stuff continues to accrue. His swing has already been clocked at a faster-than-tour average 117 mph, according to Golf Channel. This year he played four events on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, and recorded finishes of 1, T1, 2, and 10. At the Notah Begay III Junior National Golf Championship in November he shot a career-low round of 68, which included his first eagle, and tied for fourth in the Boys 11-13 group, all while Tiger toted his bag.

Charlie Woods

Then there was last year’s PNC—a two-round scramble in which a major winner (from any tour) pairs with a family member—where he stole the show with both driver and putter as Team Woods finished a close second to the Daly Clan, featuring John and John II. (The younger Daly plays at Arkansas and is making the most of his own legacy via an NIL deal with the restaurant chain Hooters.) Charlie Woods’ brand value is still being determined. “At this stage he compares more to Bronny James than Arch,” Weber said. “Arch is the five-star, guaranteed pro, while Bronny is more that four-star who definitely has a chance but is further from a sure-fire bet.”

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Oddsmakers disagree somewhat. Last March, Bookies.com put Charlie’s odds of winning a PGA Tour event by age 21 at +350 (7/2) and by 30 at +200 (2/1).

Charlie Woods

Advertisers certainly seem to consider him money in the bank as well. Pre 2020, the PNC aired on tape delay, but the ratings have leapt at Tiger and Tiger Jr., reaching an average of 2.29 million viewers last year after bottoming out at 594,000 in 2019. This year, 10 hours of live coverage will run across Peacock, Golf Channel and NBC, and Golf Channel even ran out two hours of action from the Friday pro-am.

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“He’s not a risk for advertisers because of his name recognition alone,” said Weber. That also applies to NIL patrons looking to influence the next generation of the sansabelt set, which is why Charlie could cash in even if he never plays pro golf.

Of course, he doesn’t need the money, and if he chooses another career path, he’ll be prepared. “He hasn’t practiced as much as he has the last couple years,” explained a Stanford dropout. “He’s had midterms, and those are more important than golf.” Okay, Dad, whatever you say.