ORLANDO, Fla. — Tiger Woods has a notoriously bad again, but it turned into his son, Charlie, who may were feeling the ache Saturday after carrying his dad for most of the first round of the PNC Championship. Charlie Woods, 11, made his debut in the tournament reserved for essential champions and family members and didn’t disappoint, as the group combined to shoot 10-below-par 62 within the scramble format on the Ritz-Carlton Golf membership.

The Woodses trail tournament leaders Matt and Cameron Kuchar by using 4 strokes and are tied for sixth within the 36-gap competition.

Tiger, who has had 4 returned approaches when you consider that 2014, chuckled at the idea of Charlie carrying him, saying: “He did. He hit one of the most most brilliant golf pictures. He had the most advantageous time. It could not have been a much better atmosphere.”

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The Woods crew played with Justin Thomas and his father, Mike Thomas, who also shot 62. Thomas’ mother, Jani, caddied for Mike Thomas. And whereas Joe LaCava changed into on Tiger’s bag, his son, Joe Jr., caddied for Charlie.

Charlie has played a fine bit of golf with each Justin and Mike Thomas. “I knew what he had,” Mike Thomas observed. “He was dazzling. Very marvelous.”

Charlie Woods drove the ball so nicely — with a substantial skills in front of the seasoned tees — that on three events Tiger failed to even bother to hit a tee shot — on the thirteenth, 14th and 18th holes. Charlie went first, drove the ball neatly into the green … then grew to become round to provide his dad a thumbs-up.

The spotlight was the par-5 third hole, the place Charlie’s drive from the ahead tee became deemed somewhat enhanced than Tiger’s.

deciding between a 5-timber and a three-timber, Charlie went with the three and blasted it up towards the green, the ball hooking and bouncing up near the hole, simply three feet away. Tiger’s iron shot from the identical spot flew a substantial distance from pin.

Tiger Woods watches as his son Charlie sinks a putt on the primary eco-friendly. AP image/Phelan M. Ebenhack

Charlie all the time putted first and calmly knocked it in for an eagle — one he made all on his personal and which produced a huge smile and response from his dad.

“I’ve considered this,” Woods observed. “lots of the photographs he’s hit. I’ve seen it this complete yr, this entire pandemic. He hit these shots. The few hobbies he is performed in, he is hit loads of these shots. however here is a totally distinctive deal.”

Woods all started to see development from his son prior this year as they played an excellent bit at domestic due to the coronavirus pandemic. At Woods’ membership, the Medalist, there was a time where golfers were not allowed to play with anybody but family members. So Tiger performed all of his golf with Charlie, whose game excelled.

despite an edict that no spectators could be approved on the PNC Championship, seasoned-am contributors and one visitor were allowed to attend, meaning there have been more than 200 spectators following the Woods neighborhood.

“It doesn’t change,” Woods noted. “even if it’s with the aid of your self or in front of hundreds of people, it’s nonetheless the equal shots. You still ought to go from aspect A to factor B. it really is the things Charlie has been studying and may proceed to work on.”

With six birdies, an eagle and two pars on the entrance aspect, the group shot eight-under-par 28. The Woods group cooled off just a little on the again nine, making three birdies and a bogey to shoot 34 for a last tally of 62.

“i have been around him plenty and i’ve viewed it,” Justin Thomas noted. “I wasn’t surprised. I knew he became going to wow lots of people. It turned into cool to peer him shape shots, hit it each techniques. i wanted each shot he hit to be the premiere shot he hit all day.”