Tiger Woods has announced that he will team with his 14-year-old son, Charlie, for the fourth time in the PNC Championship, formerly the Father-Son Championship, on Dec. 16 and 17 at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.
The elder Woods, 47, has not played since he withdrew from the Masters last April because of ongoing problems with his right leg, which he injured in an SUV accident in Southern California in August of 2019.
In addition, Woods will play in the Hero World Challenge, of which he is the host, next week at the Albany Club in New Providence, The Bahamas.
“It is an amazing gift to be able to share my love of golf with Charlie and we genuinely do look forward to playing in the PNC Championship all years,” said Woods, who claimed the last of his 82 victories to tie Sam Snead for the PGA Tour record in the 2020 Zozo Championship at Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan. “Competing together, against a field of so many golfing greats and their families, is so special.
“My ankle is fine. Where they fused my ankle, I have absolutely zero issue whatsoever. That pain is completely gone. It’s the other areas of my leg that have been compensated for, all the surrounding areas are where I had all my problems and I still do. So you fix one, the others have to become more hypermobile to get around it, and it can lead to some issues.
“Physically, I can’t do many of the things I used to be able to do … but I can think my way around the course. There was a point when I didn’t know if I’d be play again. I was just hoping to walk normally again.”
Charlie and Tiger Woods finished second to John Daly and his son, John II, in the 2021 PNC Challenge, a 36-hole scramble event, and have finished in the top 10 in each of their three starts in the tournament, including a tie for eighth last year—when Tiger was allowed to use a golf cart in order to compete.
Earlier this month, Charlie Woods helped the Benjamin School of Palm Beach, Fla., capture the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 1A state championship.
Vijay Singh of Fiji and his son, Cass, claimed the title last year.
Other winners of the PNC Challenge in the past include Justin Thomas and his father, Mike; Bernhard Langer of Germany and his son, Jason; Davis Love III and his son, Dru; Angel Cabrera of Argentina and his son, Angel Jr; David Duval and his stepson, Nick Karavites; Lanny Wadkins and his son, Tucker; Stewart Cink and his son, Connor; Larry Nelson and his son, Drew; Hale Irwin and his son, Stu; Craig Stadler and his son, Kevin; Raymond Floyd and his son, Robert, and Jack Nicklaus and his son, Gary.
Other teams set to play in the PNC Challenge include the defending champion Singhs, the Thomases, Nelly Korda and her father Petr, and Annika Sorenstam of Sweden and her son, Will; Padraig Harrington of Ireland and his son, Ciaran; Lee Trevino and his grandson, Daniel, and Steve Stricker, and his daughter, Izzi.