How Good Are The Youngsters Playing In The PNC Championship?

Charlie Woods and John Daly II headline the field full of golfing offspring at the PNC Championship

Tiger Woods watches on with son Charlie Woods
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It’s one of the unique events on the golfing calendar as the PNC Championship sees golfing champions of all ages tee it up with relatives young and old over the course of two days of light-hearted action in Florida.

20 players who have either won a Major or the Player Championship are invited and they’ll play alongside sons, daughters or parents in the scramble format at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

Tiger Woods and his 13-year-old son Charlie will be the main attraction again as they appear in the event for a third straight year – despite Tiger’s recent foot injury that prevented him from playing in the Hero World Challenge.

The Woods and Woods pairing finished second last year behind John Daly and son, with John Daly II (aka ‘Little John’) being a real chip off the old block with all the same mannerisms and even swing as his old man.

There’s a combined 73 Major championships between the pros in the field, but all eyes will be on their playing partners at the PNC Championship, with Justin Thomas returning with his father Mike, the champions of two years ago.

Jordan Spieth is making his debut alongside his father Shawn and Nelly Korda is back with her father – former tennis player Petr Korda.

It’s the youngsters who people want to see though, mainly Woods and Daly Jr, but there are plenty of other young stars to watch out for. How good are the youngsters in the PNC Championship though?

John Daly II and John Daly hold their belts after winning the 2021 PNC Championship in Florida

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Tiger & Charlie Woods

We know almost everything about young Charlie apart from his actual handicap. He’s a scratch golfer though and at just 13 he’s actually managed to outdrive his old man recently – he also shot a career-best 68 at the final round of the Notah Begay III Junior National Golf Championship.

John & John Daly II

Little John is a carbon copy of his dad on the golf course and the two shot 60-57 to win the PNC Championship last year. Daly II is in his second year on the golf team at the University of Arkansas and finished third in the Florida Amateur this summer.

David & Brady Duval

Former world number one David Duval’s son Brady is a high school junior at a golf academy in Florida while his family still reside in Colorado, so he’s obviously taking things seriously as he looks to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Annika Sorenstam & Will Magee

Annika Sorenstam is playing in the event with 11-yearold son Will McGee as replacements for Tom Watson after he was involved in a go-karting accident. Young McGee has already shown some signs of taking after his mum, as he got a hole-in-one while playing a par-three course back in June.

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Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.