'I Found A New Respect For Him' - Charlie On Tiger After Injury-Hit Round

Struggling with an ankle injury, Charlie revealed a new found respect for his dad, who has regularly suffered with injuries

Tiger and Charlie walk on the fairway
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The PNC Championship is one of the best tournaments of the year, with legends of the game descending on the course, with their family members, for 36 holes of competitive and fun-filled action.

Stars like Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nelly Korda and Tiger Woods are just some of the names featuring, but it's Tiger's son, Charlie, who is arguably the biggest headliner in Orlando, with the 13-year-old making waves in the golf world since his first appearance in 2020.

However, just a few days prior to the tournament, Charlie reportedly rolled his ankle and, during the first day of play at the PNC Championship, it was clear to see he was in pain. Not only was Charlie in pain, but Tiger's problems with his right leg have been well documented, with the 15-time Major winner using a cart for the event. Despite this, the father-son duo made it round in 13-under and sit just two back of leaders, and close friends, Justin Thomas and his dad, Mike.

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Following their round, viewers were treated to some fantastic interviews with both Tiger and Charlie, with some superb comments being made from both. One of these came from the 13-year-old, who was present for his dad's victory at the 2019 Masters, as well as hearing stories about the iconic US Open victory, where Tiger won on a broken leg.

“I’ve found a new respect for him now after getting a very minor injury – I wouldn’t call it an injury; I’m just hurt,” Charlie explained. “But just to see what he’s going through and how I have just a fraction of it … and it’s just cool how he’s gotten to where he is now after all he’s been through.”

Speaking to Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio, Tiger added: “There’s a big difference between pain and injury, and this is just pain. If you’re injured, you’re not playing. This is just a little bit of pain, and it’s game time, so we just go out there and we suck it up together. As I said over here, we’re the perfect ying and yang; he’s got a left foot (injury), I’ve got a right foot (injury), so we’ve got two good feet, we’re good.”

Team Woods and Team Thomas pose for a photo

Team Woods and the Thomas family pose for a photo at the PNC Championship

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In Charlie's first appearance, Tiger said that he and Charlie created "memories for a lifetime" that week and, in 2022, that's definitely continued, with Charlie stating that: "It's just been really fun playing with dad, the Thomases, the LaCavas (Tiger and Charlie's caddies), and of course Bones (Justin Thomas' caddie), too. Bones is part of that. It's just a big family out there."

Along with the golf, both Team Woods and Team Thomas have been giving each other plenty of trash-talk throughout the week, with jibes being thrown left, right and centre. It's obviously all in good spirits, and that was reiterated by both Justin and Mike.

Asked the question: "Charlie came up here and said the crew of the four of you guys plus the caddies are like a big family. Do you agree with that sentiment?" Both men gave humorous answers, with Justin stating "Charlie said that? Wow. I'm glad to hear, yeah, I didn't even know if he honestly liked us, so I'm glad to hear that he said that," while Mike claimed: "We always thought we were -- he was working his way towards being in the family but apparently he's in!"

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Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x