Tiger Woods and 12-year-old son Charlie finish second at PNC Championship… however 15-time main winner stays coy on return to aggressive golf and insist he is not going to ask to play in a cart
- Tiger Woods and son Charlie thrilled spectators at the PNC Championship
- They completed second behind John Daly and his son John Daly Jr.
- The Woods carded 11 birdies in a row throughout a second spherical 57
- PNC Championship was Tiger’s first match since automobile crash in February
It was billed by the extra hyperbolic sections of the American media as ‘Tiger Woods’ return to aggressive golf.’ It was not even near that.
Not a light-hearted 36-hole crew occasion the place his companion was his 12-year-old son Charlie, he might trip every spherical in a cart and the opposition included sides led by 86-year-old Gary Player and 82-year-old Lee Trevino.
But for any lover of golf or, heck, anybody who has adopted sport over the past 25 years, what occurred over a outstanding weekend in Orlando at the PNC Championship — open to former main winners partnering a toddler or grandchild in a Texas scramble format — added as much as a poignant and great festive providing.
Tiger Woods and his son Charlie thrilled spectators at the PNC Championship in Orlando
Not to say the tantalising prospect that we’d, certainly, witness a return to aggressive golf for Tiger within the New Year.
For now, this was greater than sufficient. The man who virtually misplaced his life in a horrific automobile accident in Los Angeles final February and then apprehensive about dropping his leg throughout his lengthy and painful rehabilitation, returning to public life within the firm of his precociously gifted son?
If you aren’t a golf fan and wish to know why it’s the sport of alternative for therefore many dad and mom and their offspring, right here was your reply. Here had been two afternoons for Tiger that had been virtually price all of the months of ache. ‘What a blast that was,’ he mentioned afterwards, with feeling.
What a crew they made. There was Charlie, hitting virtually each fairway and sinking so many putts (I’m wondering who he will get that from). And there was Tiger, exhibiting off that incomparable brief recreation and sure, arising with clutch pictures when wanted.
Woods and his son mixed extremely effectively throughout the PNC Championship in Orlando
Charlie seemed completely at ease on the course, hitting fairways with impeccable regularity
The Woods carded 11 birdies in a row throughout a second spherical 57, one shot of in need of matching the match file
The pair mixed so effectively they’d 11 birdies in a row throughout a second spherical 57 — one shot off the match file — to thrill a sellout crowd in a format the place every participant drives, you decide one of the best tee shot and each play from there, and so on.
It took them to the brink of a fairytale success earlier than ending runner-up by two pictures to John Daly and his 18-year-old son, additionally known as John, who completed on 27 beneath par. With his lengthy gray hair and beard and a large stomach, all of the elder Daly wanted was a pink Santa Claus outfit to finish a most acceptable success.
Third place went to former Open winner Stewart Cink and his son Reagan on 24 beneath, one shot forward of defending champions Justin Thomas and his father Mike.
As for Tiger, the important thing now could be if he can get his legs working sufficiently to stroll 72 holes. He is adamant he is not going to ask to play in a cart. ‘That’s not who I’m,’ he mentioned. It’s not a given, subsequently, he’ll return. He was clearly in a whole lot of ache as he got here to the closing holes, even when driving in a cart.
The Woods completed second to John Daly (proper) and his son John Daly Jr.
The PNC Championship was Tiger’s first match since an horrendous automobile crash in February
But there can’t be a sports activities fan who is not going to be wishing a return at the one hundred and fiftieth Open at St Andrews subsequent July.
Ask Nelly Korda, the world No 1 and the woman with arguably one of the best swing in golf, enjoying alongside her tennis grand slam-winning father Petr and who has spent her entire life round sporting celeb however who dissolved like slightly schoolgirl when she met Tiger for the primary time.
Mark the third week in July in your calendar proper now. There could be nothing to match it in 2022.