When it was first announced that golf legend Tiger Woods and his 11-year-old son Charlie would be playing together in the PNC Championship in Orlando the weekend of Dec. 19-20, Woods told PGA in a statement, “I can’t tell you how excited I am to be playing with Charlie in our first official tournament together. It’s been great watching him progress as a junior golfer and it will be incredible playing as a team together in the PNC Championship.”
Getting Into Golf
Woods told GOLF TV in July 2020 that Charlie is “starting to get into” the sport and is “starting to understand how to play.”
“He’s asking me the right questions. I’ve kept it competitive with his par, so it’s been just an absolute blast to go out there and just be with him. It reminds me so much of me and my dad,” Woods said.
In August 2020, a source close to Woods told PEOPLE that Charlie enjoys spending time with his father and perfecting the game that made his dad famous.
Checking the Shot
“Charlie clearly loves the times he spends with his dad on the golf course,” a source told PEOPLE of the father-son duo. “It’s a definite bonding activity for the two of them.”
On the Green
Woods was extremely close with his late father, Earl Woods, whom he once called his “best friend and greatest role model.”
Now, the golf pro shares a close relationship (and the love of the game) with his own son. A source told PEOPLE, however, that Tiger has a different approach when it comes to Charlie.
“Tiger loves spending time with Charlie on the golf course, but he has a completely different vibe than Earl had while working with him,” an insider told PEOPLE. “Earl would sometimes be very strict.”
Lots of Laughs
A source said of the pair, “They’re all smiles. Tiger is definitely teaching him the right techniques, but there’s not the intensity that Earl had with him. It’s a total bonding situation. Tiger can get goofy and funny with Charlie. It’s not ‘all work and no play’ like Earl could sometimes get.”
It looks like Charlie picked up a thing or two from his dad!
In a side-by-side video comparing the father-son duo’s swings, the resemblance is impossible to miss!
Like Father, Like Son
They even stand the same!
Two of a Kind
Great All on His Own
Charlie already has made a name for himself as an accomplished junior golfer in Florida, and even won a tournament in August.
He’s His Kid’s Caddy
Woods has even been spotted caddying for his son.
No Ifs, Ands or Putts
Both Woods men had their eyes on the prize (and the golf ball) while competing together.
Smiles All Around
Woods beamed while playing with Charlie on the first day of the tournament.
“I don’t think words can describe it. Just the fact that we were able to have this experience together, Charlie and I,” Woods told reporters of the tournament. “It’s memories for a lifetime.”
After Charlie made his final putt, Woods gave his son a big hug and a pat on the back. The two came in 7th out of 20 teams.
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