Tiger’s Back at PNC Championship
Tiger Woods will tee off with son Charlie at the PNC Championship this weekend. It’s Tiger’s first outing since a serious February car crash; Team Woods will compete against other pros and their family members.
For the second year in a row, the golf legend and his 12-year-old son Charlie will participate in the tourney, in which the stars of the game compete alongside non-PGA Tour card-holding family members.
Last year, Justin Thomas and his dad (l.), Mike, pulled off a three-shot victory over Vijay Singh and his son, Qass, to hoist the Willie Park Trophy, and Woods & Son tied for seventh. It was Tiger’s last outing before the February car wreck that landed him on the DL for much of 2021.
Woods acknowledged as much in a tweet: “Although it’s been a long and challenging year, I am very excited to close it out by competing in the PNC Championship with my son Charlie. I’m playing as a Dad and couldn’t be more excited and proud.”
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Charlie: Tiger 2.0?
Once again, oddsmakers have Team Thomas as the one to beat. But all eyes will be on Woods, who’s endured 10 months of grueling rehab and admits he has a “long way to go” before he can return to the PGA Tour.
According to the PGA, it’s a testament to Woods’ resilience that he’s making this appearance at all; he’ll be permitted to use a golf cart to get around.
And then there’s Tiger 2.0—young Charlie. According to the PGA, Charlie Woods “stole the show” at last year’s tournament, “showing off incredible skills for an 11-year-old, not to mention so many of his father’s famous mannerisms. … his dad’s laser focus, the spinning club twirls and even his dad’s trademark fist pumps.
“Charlie’s 5-wood from 175 yards to 3 feet to set up an eagle-3 at the par-5 third hole made the highlights of every media outlet on the planet.”
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PNC Championship Field
Here’s the complete lineup for the PNC Championship, founded in 1997 as the Father-Son Challenge, and later changed to admit other family members:
- Justin Thomas and Mike Thomas
- Tiger Woods and Charlie Woods
- Vijay Singh and Qass Singh
- Bubba Watson and Wayne Ball
- David Duval and Brady Duval
- Gary Player and Jordan Player
- Henrik Stenson and Karl Stenson
- Jim Furyk and Tanner Furyk
- John Daly and Little John Daly
- Lee Trevino and Daniel Trevino
- Mark O’Meara and Shaun O’Meara
- Matt Kuchar and Cameron Kuchar
- Nelly Korda and Petr Korda
- Nick Faldo and Matthew Faldo
- Nick Price and Greg Price
- Padraig Harrington and Paddy Harrington
- Rich Beem and Michael Beem
- Stewart Cink and Reagan Cink
- Tom Lehman and Sean Lehman
- Tom Watson and Michael Watson
The course, at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando in Grande Lakes, Florida, was engineered by two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman.
It’s rich with natural elements: ponds, wetlands, live oaks and cypress heads. According to the course website, it includes “wide fairways, strategically placed hazards, generous landing areas and subtly contoured greens provide a challenging but fair test of a golfer’s abilities.”
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2021 PNC Championship Odds*
|Team B. Watson||+1000|
|Team T. Watson||+20000|
*Odds per Caesars Sportsbook. Subject to change
Watch the PNC Championship
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, December 18-19, 2021
Tee Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
TV: The Golf Channel / NBC