Legendary golf star Tiger Woods and his son Charlie have been turning heads as they prepare to compete in the 2020 PNC Championship at Florida’s Ritz-Carlton golf club. The tournament, established in 1995, sees a selection of the world’s top professional golfers team up with a family member of their choosing to fight for the coveted Willie Park trophy and a big cash prize.
Woods, who is currently ranked 38th in the world, was spotted warming up with his 11-year-old son ahead of the weekend’s action, with a clip showing the youngster practicing his swing achieving viral status on social media as a result of its resemblance to that of his father.
The pair were also seen knocking balls down a driving range, twirling their clubs and admiring each other’s efforts, warming the hearts of golf lovers the world over.
Woods explained that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic allowed his son to pick up ‘the bug’ for golf, and revealed that he is excited to tee off alongside him when proceedings get underway on Saturday.
“Because everything was shut down, the only thing that was available to us was golf,” Woods told Sky Sports. “He started to pick up golf, but this pandemic allowed us to play more golf and be with one another.
“And we just started playing a lot, and he started getting the bug for it, and so did I. It kept me competitive, kept me in it when we didn’t have any tournaments. But I had a tournament every day with him, and that was the fun part. It was just like me growing up with my dad.”
The pair will be grouped with Justin Thomas and his father, Mike, on Saturday when the tournament kicks off.
The 27-year-old revealed on Friday that he is relishing the challenge of taking on Team Woods, especially young Charlie who he believes will be expecting nothing but victory with his dad by his side.
“For some reason, Charlie just always wants to beat me, it doesn’t matter what it is,” said Thomas. “Although he’s never beaten me in golf or a putting contest, he still talks trash just like his dad.
“It will be fun. We’ll have that like inner tournament within a tournament, trying to shut his little mouth up, but it will be fun.
“He likes to needle me a little bit and I have to remind myself that he’s 11 years old sometimes. I need to remind myself sometimes that I need to watch what I say.
“They are very similar. Who wouldn’t want to be like your dad if your dad was Tiger Woods? He definitely has all the mannerisms,” he added.