ORLANDO, Fla. — Tiger Woods achieved each of his objectives this weekend at the PNC Championship — having enjoyable together with his son, Charlie, and managing to play the scramble format of the occasion with out making a bogey.
But alongside the best way, the outdated aggressive fireplace burned vivid as Woods not solely performed remarkably effectively — with little bit of assist from his 12-year-old son — however received into competition on the energy of 11 consecutive birdies.
The streak ended on the par-5 18th gap when — understanding they seemingly wanted an eagle to have any probability at the win — each Tiger and Charlie chipped previous the opening and have been unable to make the putt.
John Daly and his son, John Daly II, captured the 36-hole competitors Sunday with a final-round 57 to clip the Woods crew by 2 pictures. They completed at 27 beneath for the match, breaking by 1 stroke the match mark set by Davis Love III and his son three years in the past.
Tiger and Charlie Woods mixed to shoot 15-under 57, making 13 birdies, an eagle and 4 pars. Ben Jared/Getty Images
Daly, the two-time main champion who final 12 months was identified with bladder most cancers, confirmed a few of his outdated prowess together with some wonderful golf from his son, who performs school golf at the University of Arkansas.
Tiger and Charlie additionally mixed to shoot 15-under 57, making 13 birdies, an eagle and 4 pars, to finish second, a shot forward of Justin Thomas and his dad, Mike, and Stewart Cink and his son, Reagan.
“We received on a pleasant heater; Charlie was hitting the ball unbelievable,” mentioned Woods, who acknowledged that the depth ramped up because the day wore on. “It [winning] would have had a particular which means in my coronary heart for certain, there isn’t any doubt about that. And it nonetheless does.
“The incontrovertible fact that I’m in a position to have this chance this 12 months, even a pair weeks in the past we did not actually know whether or not or not I might be doing this, however right here we’re. And we had simply the perfect time ever, and I simply want I might have walked down the fairways with him and been aspect by aspect with him the complete time like we have been final 12 months.”
Woods did stroll the ultimate 200-plus yards to the 18th gap, nevertheless it was clear all through the weekend that the left leg and foot that have been badly injured in the Feb. 23 automobile crash gave him points the extra he performed.
Although he had a golf cart, there may be nonetheless quantity of strolling to be carried out, and Woods labored at occasions — though it did not appear to impression his swing fairly often. There have been at least two situations Sunday when Woods winced after a tee shot, however there have been loads of different good moments and spectacular pictures that can make many marvel how shut he’s to returning.
Matt Kuchar, who performed with Woods in the ultimate spherical alongside together with his son, Cam, got here away gushing about Woods’ play.
“Still has pace, irons are spectacular,” he mentioned. “Pin excessive each time. It was superior,” he mentioned.
Kuchar steered Woods’ recreation was at PGA Tour degree now, however Woods rapidly shot that down.
“I completely disagree,” Woods mentioned. “I’m not at that degree. I am unable to compete towards these guys proper now, no. It’s going to take loads of work to get to the place I can really feel I can compete with these guys and be at a excessive degree.”
Woods’ recreation appeared to get higher because the weekend wore on, regardless of the plain fatigue from which he was struggling. He lamented his lack of ability to hit loads of the pictures required beneath duress, however we’re additionally speaking about somebody who had performed only a handful of rounds of golf previous to this match and was seemingly not hitting many balls as lately as a month in the past.
For a person who has received 82 PGA Tour occasions, together with 15 main titles, however is about to show 46 on Dec. 30, it appears a tall job.
“I like competing,” he mentioned. “I’m not going to play a full schedule ever once more. I’m going to have to choose and select what occasions, and even then, my physique may not cooperate with that.
“So I do not know what number of occasions I’m going to be taking part in in. And it’ll be as much as coaching periods, follow periods, restoration ways, all these various things to have the ability to do that once more as a result of it did not look good there for some time about it.”