Tiger Woods shares son Charlie’s cheeky target but golf icon shuts it down
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Tiger Woods has revealed that his teenage son holds an ambition to beat his legendary father at golf by the tender age of 14. But given that Charlie Woods has already reached the birthday milestone back in February, the youngster only has 10 months left to realise his goal.
The 15-times Major winner was picked up on camera talking about his son while practising with fellow PGA Tour professional Collin Morikawa. In the video, that was shot for golf brand TaylorMade, Woods can be heard explaining to a shocked Morikama how 14-year-old Charlie has already outdriven him once.
With world number two Scottie Scheffler watching on in the distance, Morikawa asks Woods: “Has Charlie beat you yet?” to which Woods replies: “Not yet. He outdrove me the other day though.”
A disbelieving Morikawa says: “Shut up. Rob was saying he was carrying 260 [yards], but even if he’s carrying 260 that still shouldn’t outdrive you?”
Woods said: “I hit a little spinner into the wind and just did a tomahawk.”
When asked if his son plays from the same tees as him, Woods said: “Yep. He doesn’t play the Tiger tees but he’ll play the blacks. I was like ‘damn’! First time [he’s been outdriven], so it’s coming. He wants to beat me by the time he turns 14. Good luck!”
Golf-mad Charlie is Woods’ second child from his marriage to ex-wife Elin Nordegren. The teenager has been making a name for himself in the sport, playing alongside his world-famous dad at several major tournaments.
Woods, 47, explained to reporters what it was like to have son Charlie alongside him after the pair’s first tournament together in 2020. Appearing in a PGA Tour video, he said: “I don’t think words can describe it. Just the fact that we were able to have this experience together, Charlie and I. It’s memories for a lifetime.”
Woods coaches his own son, much like his own father, Earl Woods, did when he was making his way in the sport. But the former world number one has admitted that his own coaching style is a little lighter than the approach that was taken by Charlie’s grandfather.
Woods has been ruled out of next week’s US PGA Championship with an ankle injury. He has struggled for form since his car crash in February 2021 left him with severe leg injuries and almost completely ended his career.
He has appeared in just three competitive events this year and was forced to withdraw from The Masters in April after aggravating a heel problem. Woods has since had successful ankle fusion surgery but will not be fit enough to make the line-up for the second Major of the year.
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