Even though it’s not often these days, golf fans have long been used to seeing Tiger Woods in red on Sundays.
Be that as it may, at the PNC Title, spectators were seeing things. Tiger and his son Charlie teed off in perfect symmetry for the annual event’s final round in Orlando.
Charlie impressed throughout his time at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, drawing comparisons to his playing partner’s tee approach and swing that were inevitable but eerily accurate. His father has won two more majors than he has birthdays at 13 years old.
Only players who had won a major championship or The Players Championship were invited to play with their relatives, and the pair finished tied for eighth in a star-studded field with 20 players. The Woods family finished six shots behind Fiji’s three-time major champion Vijay Singh and his son Qass Singh, who finished as runners-up last year.
The pair coordinated not only in matching their outfits but also in playing through pain. Woods was dealing with plantar fasciitis, which is pain in the bottom of his foot, in his second tournament since his emotional performance at The Open in July. Charlie, on the other hand, admitted to struggling with an ankle injury from rolling it during a practice round.
Since sustaining serious leg injuries in a car accident in February 2021, injury has been the story of Woods’ recent career. As a result, he has had very little time to play golf. The 46-year-old quit the Hero World Challenge earlier this month due to foot pain. Throughout the seventh season of The Match last week, he appeared to be having trouble moving at various points.
Woods stated to reporters on Sunday, “It was a tough year but also one of the more rewarding years I’ve had in a while.”
“To be able to experience that maybe one last time at this level was very special to me,” the golfer said. “I don’t know if I ever get back to playing St. Andrews in a British Open.”
“Excellent yin and yang”
During the weekend, both father and son were occasionally seen limping as they shared a golf cart to get around the course. However, Woods believes that he and his son were “perfect yin and yang” with two solid feet between them.
Woods stated on Saturday to SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, “We’ve got two good feet – we’re good.” He added, “He’s got a left foot, I’ve got a right foot.”
“There is a big difference between pain and injury… If you are injured, you are not able to play; this is just a little pain and it is game time; therefore, we just go out there and suck it up together.”
Charlie continued, After suffering a minor injury, I now respect him differently.
“Just to see what he’s going through, only a small part of it, and perceive the amount it harms. It’s cool the way that he’s gotten to where he is presently after all he’s experienced.”
Following a day of cordial this way and that with Justin Thomas and his dad Mike, who completed joint-second, Charlie had an underhanded commendation put something aside for his dad.
He stated to reporters, “I feel like I already knew what he was capable of, and then yesterday, that’s the best he’s ever played in a while, and that kind of kind of surprised me a little bit.”
Woods’ response reignited the press room’s laughter after it had subsided.
He stated, “I used to be good.”
“It was cool to be able to go back in time and show him what I used to be capable of,” I said.