If there is any doubt about our transition A new level of Tiger Woods’ pro golf career, responded with quiet emphasis this week. Woods was not at hand in Charlotte, where American golf has the brightest minds and best players They are busy with the Presidents Cup.
Woods were involved, to be sure, but from afar; Weighing pairs and matches by telephoneJust as he provided distance inspiration during the US’s victorious Ryder Cup race last year.
Instead of being on the field in North Carolina, Woods was at the 36-hole qualifier for the Nota Begay III Junior Golf National Championship with his family around his son Charlie. And, it looks like it’s helping lead Charlie to more success. The 13-year-old carded a 4-under 68 Sunday, the lowest score of his career.
We wouldn’t be so quick to associate Woods with his son’s success, but Charlie did it himself. Charlie said in an interview with Ryan Burr, owner of Nota Begay’s event studio: “Yesterday ends, today is a new day. How do you reset and go out and play such stellar golf?”
It was the first round of 80 games that Burr refereed yesterday.
“Well, Dad told me to be patient,” Charlie said. “Just play steady golf. Be patient, play, focus on every shot, don’t look too far ahead. Stay in the game.”
It’s great advice for anyone in competitive golf, whether it’s coming from Tiger Woods or your 15-handicap golf buddy. And, no, we’re not treating this like a major championship. It’s only a qualifier for the Junior National Championship in Central Florida where Tiger Woods will teach his young son some lessons.
Charlie didn’t make it to the main event, but he almost made it to the albatross and nearly pulled off a spectacular comeback. As parents are allowed to do, Tiger followed around in the cart all weekend and helped lead Charlie when needed.
“That was great,” Charlie said, cornering his father. “I couldn’t have done it without him. Like some shots, I was pretty lost. But he guided me in the right direction.
In a different way, this is the time of the calendar year when Woods is seen in public. The past two years have seen him and Charlie participate in the PNC Championship, an event where major champions are paired with their sons, daughters or parents, competing over 36 holes in a team tournament in Orlando.
Last year’s PNC was particularly notable for having a tiger. Back to some kind of competition After a February 2021 car accident that severely impaired his ability to walk, let alone play golf. Up until that point, Woods had not done much in the public eye, but Tiger and his son quickly became the stars of the show when they challenged John Dahlin and his son for the title. In the end, they came up short by two shots Some life inspiration To the quieter time of the golf year.
In the year After Tiger’s limited workload in 2022, the kind of schedule we expect him to play moving forward, it’s reasonable to expect Tim Woods to again compete at the PNC Championship in December. Woods will again host his own Hero World Challenge event in the first week of December, with the PNC taking place two weeks after that. If he plays in the former, he will almost certainly never compete in the latter again.