Tiger Woods’s 13-year-old son just outdrove him during a round of golf
It’s happening. Tiger Woods, of golf immortality and red shirt fame, is slowly passing on his golf bag to his son, Charlie.
It’s been on the cards for a while now. Charlie’s golf talent is, by all accounts, pretty promising, with an 11-year-old Woods Jr. partnering his dad at 2020’s PNC Championship and finishing on 20 under par after two rounds. A year later, they finished second, on 25 under par, shooting a 15-under 57 on day two.
Now, at the ripe old age of 13, Charlie Woods has done something that should put the fear of God into his fellow young golfers – and most pros. During this year’s The Match event, where Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy faced Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas in a best ball exhibition, Woods Sr. confided in commentators – and the world – that his son had outdriven him.
“Trev, I hate to say it, but I’m going to admit it,” said Tiger to NBC’s Trevor Immelman. “He finally did it a few weeks ago. I spun one, he tomahawked one and got me.” Mitigating circumstances notwithstanding (we’re not sure we believe the spin excuse, anyway), it takes some hit to best Tiger Woods. We shouldn’t be that surprised, though: Charlie’s swing speed is already at 117 mph, topping the PGA Tour average.
This week, the Woods father-son combo will be joining the PNC Champonship for a third time, where Major winners team up with a family member to one-up their old rivals. Alongside Tiger and Charlie will be Jordan Spieth and his dad, Shawn, defending champions John Daly and the aptly-named John Daly II, and Annika Sorenstam and her 11-year-old son, Will.
It’s never good to put pressure on young shoulders, so it’s heartening to see Charlie enjoy his golf, share that with his father, and take his game at a steady pace. It’s also nice to see a 13-year-old outdo a professional athlete, almost making up for Michael Owen’s infamous performance against young, unsuspecting goalie Jamie Hollingworth on Michael Owen’s Soccer Skills: https://twitter.com/PLClassics/status/158311
So, well done Charlie, you’re 13. To everyone else: good luck finding a bookie who’ll offer odds on the Woods name being etched onto a Major trophy again in a few years. We think the market’s probably been closed since 2020.