Tiger’s Son Charlie Wins Junior Event By 5 Strokes

As one Woods’ career winds down, another appears to be ramping up.

Charlie Woods, Tiger’s 11-year-old son, took home first-place honors in a US Kids Golf Tour event last week at Hammock Creek Golf Club in Palm City, Fla. on Aug. 9 by firing a bogey-free 3-under par 33 to win his age division by five strokes.

The course was appropriately set up for junior golfers at 2,522 yards and a par-36, but Charlie posted the clean card to shoot the lowest score among any of the boys competing in the event.

With a father as well-known as Tiger, Charlie will always be under some sort of microscope, but it appears that the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree in terms of golf skills. 

The elder Woods bragged on his son’s golf game in a recent interview with GolfTV.

“I wish I had his move,” Woods said. “I analyze his swing all the time. I wish I could rotate like that and turn my head like that and do some of those positions, but those days are long gone, and I have to relive them through him.

“He’s starting to get into it. He’s starting to understand how to play. He’s asking me the right questions. I’ve kept it competitive with his par, so it’s been just an absolute blast to go out there and just, you know, be with him. It reminds me so much of me and my dad growing up.”

On his off weeks, Woods has been spotted in an unfamiliar position on the golf course — as a caddie. 

Every few weeks, pictures will surface of Woods and Charlie in lockstep going down a fairway with Charlie playing and his old man carrying the bag. 

While Charlie was winning last week, his dad was shooting a matching 3-under par to post a T37 finish in the first major of 2020 at the PGA Championship. Tiger will be back in action this week at The Northern Trust, the first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. 

If all goes according to plan, Woods will do enough over the next two weeks to move into the top-30 in the season-long standings and compete in the Tour Championship at East Lake.

Woods currently sits at 49th in the standings, comfortably inside the top-70 number needed to play this week and next at the BMW Championship, but he has some work to do to get to Atlanta.