Mr. and Mrs. Woods, this time for a ‘hug of gratitude’

Dad is in much better shape, and his son has grown up.

Golf great Tiger Woods (48-USA) and son Charlie (14) will try to win their first title at the PNC Championship, a family event on the U.S. Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour, with a total purse of $1.085 million.

This will be the fourth consecutive year that Woods and Charlie have competed in the two-day event, which begins on Sept. 17 at the par-72 Ritz-Carlton GC in Orlando, Fla.

They first competed in 2020 when Charlie was 11 years old, didn’t skip the event in 2021 after Woods was involved in a fatal car accident, and teamed up again last year for a fan-favorite.

The PNC Championship is a two-man team event that pairs a professional golfer with a family member who has won a major championship.

It began in 1995 as the Father-Son Challenge, which pitted fathers against sons, and was renamed the PNC Championship in 2020 when women began competing.

Carts are allowed for elderly or physically challenged participants, and the game is played as a scramble, with each player hitting a shot and then picking the better ball to hit the next shot on the spot.

Mr. Woods finished seventh in 2020 and was applauded for his second-place finish, one stroke behind John Daly (USA), in 2021, his first appearance since Woods’ car accident. Last year, he finished eighth.

After undergoing ankle surgery following his withdrawal from the Masters Tournament in April, Woods proved himself healthy at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month, so it will be interesting to see if he can win this time around.

The fact that Woods regained some of his touch at the Hero World Challenge, shooting in the 60s for the second straight day for the first time in more than three years, and that Charlie recently won a Florida interscholastic tournament with his teammates, makes it even more exciting.

The 20-team field is stacked. Regulars include last year’s winner Vijay Singh (Fiji) and 2021 champion John Daly, 2020 winner Justin Thomas (USA) and father Mike Thomas, and 2019 winner Bernhard Langer (GER).

Golf legend Annika Sorenstam (SWE), who has 72 career U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) victories, will be joined by her son Will McGee, while former women’s world No. 1 Nelly Korda will play for the second consecutive year with her father Petr, a professional tennis player.

PGA Tour Champions Player of the Year Steve Stricker (USA) will make his debut with daughter Izzy.


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