Orlando Eleven year old Charlie Woods enchants the golf world. At his first major tournament, little Woods showed at the side of his 44-year-old father, Tiger, that he, too, has mastered the art of golf brilliantly.
There was no sign of any nervousness in Charlie on Sunday in the final round of the PNC Championship in Orlando. Team Woods finished the traditional family tournament at the noble Ritz-Carlton Golf Club with a total of 124 strokes in seventh place. World number three Justin Thomas (27) won the title with his father Mike (61) with 119 strokes.
Tiger Woods enjoyed the joint appearance with his filius. “I’m so proud of how Charlie managed this,” said the 15-time major champion after the tournament. But the most important thing for him was that Charlie had pure fun playing golf here. All the attention at the tournament belonged to eleven year old Charlie. “This is the first tournament where Tiger Woods is playing and he’s not the star of the show,” remarked Europe‘s Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington, who competed in Florida with his son Patrick, 17.
Germany‘s golf legend Bernhard Langer (63) also played again in Orlando – this time with his daughter Jackie (34). The Langer team finished the event with 127 strokes in shared twelfth place. The two-time Masters winner had already won the tournament four times with his sons – last year for the second time after 2014 with Jason and before that twice (2005 and 2006) with Stefan.
At the event in Florida that has become known as the father-son tournament, the rules have been adjusted over time so that daughters are also allowed, grandfathers can play with grandchildren or granddaughters, or professionals can play with one parent. Participation is open to golfers who have won either a major or the Players Championship.
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