Report: Charlie Woods To Play From Same Tees As John Daly And Nelly Korda At PNC

The 13-year-old was set to play two tees back from just a year ago during the Florida tournament

Charlie Woods takes a shot during the Pro-Am of the 2021 PNC Championship at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando in Florida
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Charlie Woods’ burgeoning reputation as a future player to watch has been growing ever since he and his dad Tiger finished second at last year’s PNC Championship - a performance that included 11 birdies in succession for the pair during the final round. 

Since then, several reports have highlighted the 13-year-old’s eye-catching talent, including a record-low score of 68 in a September qualifier for the Notah Begay III Junior National Golf Championship in Florida. That was followed by Tiger’s revelation that his son recently outdrove him for the first time - a feat in itself given the 46-year-old's outstanding ability to drive the ball long distances. 

As if to highlight the fact that Charlie has developed a drive to be reckoned with, the Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis tweeted that he would play from the same tees as one of the biggest hitters the game has ever seen, John Daly, at the PNC Championship, along with women’s World No.2 Nelly Korda and one of his father’s great rivals from the past, three-time Major winner Vijay Singh. That means he will play just one up from the championship tees and two tees back from where he played last year.

He was even going to be playing a longer course than the likes of Sir Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer - who won twice on the PGA Tour Champions this year. However, Lewis confirmed that Charlie Woods had been moved up a set of tees to play a slightly shorter course.

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At the tournament, Tiger and Charlie will attempt to go one better than last year, when they were beaten into the runner-up position by two shots behind Daly and his son John Daly II. 

Tiger and Charlie have been paired with Justin Thomas and his dad Mike for the opening round of the tournament. Elsewhere, Korda plays with her dad Petr, while Singh teams up with his son Qass.

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Mike Hall
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Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 


He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 


Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 


Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.