[PHOTO: Mike Ehrmann]
Tiger Woods has added another event to his schedule on his latest comeback tour. And this time he’s bringing his son along.
The 15-time major champion will team up with 14-year-old Charlie Woods at the PNC Championship next month. It will be the fourth consecutive year the pair has teed it up in the event.
Woods previously announced he’d return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge, which begins on November 30. He hasn’t played in a tournament since undergoing subtalar fusion surgery on his ankle in April.
Team Woods is back.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 22, 2023
Woods’ latest announcement isn’t much of a surprise considering he’s already committed to the Hero World Challenge—and because he has used a golf cart in previous editions of the PNC Championship. Although he has been seen walking while carrying Charlie’s bag at several junior golf events. He was also on hand to see Charlie help his high school team win a state in America title last week.
‘Team Woods’ ran seventh in 2020 before finishing runner-up to John Daly and his son in 2021. Tiger and Charlie finished T-8 last year, but Woods was hobbled by plantar fasciitis, a condition that caused him to withdraw during the third round of this year’s Masters.
“My ankle is fine. Where they fused my ankle, I have absolutely zero issue whatsoever,” Woods told the AP earlier this month. “That pain is completely gone.
“…But all the surrounding areas is where I had all my problems and I still do,” he added. “So, you fix one, others have to become more hypermobile to get around it, and it can lead to some issues.”
Woods will turn 48 on December 30. The 2023 PNC Championship, which involves major champions playing with a family member, will take place from December 14-17 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando. Vijay Singh and son Qass are the defending champions among a field of 20 teams.
“The bonding… just to be able to be out there and share this with Charlie,” Woods said last year, “It just means so much to all of us.”