ORLANDO, Fla. – Tiger Woods accomplished both of his goals this weekend at the PNC Championships – having fun with his son, Charlie, and managing to play the event’s scramble format without making a single trick.
But along the way, old competitive flames ignited as Woods not only played remarkably well – with help from his 12-year-old son – but also had to contend with the strength of 11 birdies in a row.
The market ended on a par-5 18 when – knowing they likely needed an eagle to have any chance of winning – both Tiger and Charlie grazed the hole and failed to putt.
John Daly and his son, John Daly II, won Sunday’s 36-hole contest with an overall score of 57 to knock Woods down by two shots. They finished in bottom 27 for the tournament, breaking the tournament record set by Davis Love III and his son three years ago.
Daly, last year’s two-time major champion was diagnosed with bladder cancer, showing off some of his old prowess alongside some stellar golf from his son, the college golfer. studied at the University of Arkansas.
“We had a great heater; Charlie was unbelievably polished,” Woods said. ” [winning] will definitely hold a special meaning in my heart, there’s no doubt about that. And it still is.
“The fact that I might have this opportunity this year, even a few weeks ago, we really don’t know if I’ll do this, but here we are. And we’ve had our period. the best time ever, and I just wish I could walk down the track with him and stand by him through it all like we did last year.”
Woods walked the last 200+ meters to the 18th hole, but it became clear throughout the weekend that his right leg and foot were severely injured in the February 23 car crash that caused him problems when he plays more.
Although he has a golf cart, there is still quite a bit of walking and Woods has to work at times – although that doesn’t seem to affect his swing as often. There were at least two instances on Sunday when Woods grimaced after a tee, but there were plenty of good moments and other impressive hits that will leave many wondering how close he is to his comeback.
Matt Kuchar, who played Woods in the final round with his son, Cam, spoke about Woods’ game.
“There is still speed, the iron is spectacular,” he said. It was amazing,” he said.
Kuchar reckons Woods’ game is now at PGA Tour level, but Woods was quick to downplay that.
“I totally disagree,” Woods said, “I’m not at that level. I can’t compete with these guys right now, no. It’s going to take a lot of work to get to where I can. I feel like I can compete with these guys and be on a high level.”
Woods’ game seemed to get better as the weekend went on, despite the obvious fatigue he was suffering from. He laments his inability to hit as many shots as needed when pressed, but we’re also talking about someone who played only a few rounds before this tournament and is likely not to hit many shots. ball as recently as a month ago. .
For a man who has won 82 PGA Tour events, including 15 major titles, but is about to turn 46 on December 30, that seems like a lofty task.
“I love competing,” he said, “I won’t be playing on a full schedule anymore. I would have to pick and choose what events, and even then, my body might not cooperate with that.
“So I don’t know how many events I’m going to be in. And it’s going to depend on the training sessions, the rehearsals, the recovery tactics, all different things to be able to do this again because it’s going to depend on the training sessions, the rehearsals, the rehab tactics, all different things to be able to do this again because it’s going to be a lot of work.” it didn’t.” Doesn’t look good there in a while about it. ”