Rowdy Fan Trouble Mars Charlie Woods' Pre-Qualifying Round

Charlie Woods had a small but vocal crowd following him to deal with as they overstepped the mark during his PGA Tour qualifying bid

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In his first attempt to qualify for a PGA Tour event, Charlie Woods got not only a taste of how tough it is in the big leagues on the course, but also sampled what being the son of Tiger Woods brings in terms of attracting a crowd.

Despite being about the most low-key event you can get associated with a PGA Tour tournament, a small but vocal crowd reportedly overstepped the mark on a couple of occasions during the 15-year-old's round.

Charlie shot a 16-over round of 86 to miss out on qualifying for the Cognizant Classic, and his round at Lost Lake Golf Club in Florida was made all the more difficult thanks to his excitable following.

As reported by the Palm Beach Post, the crowd that built around Woods crossed the line on a few occasions - including walking too close to the teenager down the fairways with no ropes in place.

Tournament officials struggled to get fans to stick to the cart path and give Woods some space on the course, one of a number of angry exchanges.

Several eager fans also went racing into the bushes wide of the fifth hole chasing a wayward drive that went out of bounds.

And one fan was reprimanded for trying to get young Woods to sign a copy of his father's book during his round, and she also made a commotion of things after being told that's just not allowed.

The rumblings must not have been easy for a 15-year-old playing in his first pre-qualifying event to handle during such a difficult round of golf - even if he is the son of a 15-time Major champion.

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Woods is somewhat accustomed to the limelight after playing in four PNC Championships alongside Tiger, but this was his first real sample of it out on his own as an individual.

It is sure to be an eye-opener for one so young, and just a taster of what life as the golfing son of the 82-time PGA Tour winner will be like as he tries to make a career for himself in the same sport.

In an ideal world, young Woods would be left alone out of the spotlight to develop his game, but any time he steps foot onto a tournament golf course in PGA Tour sanctioned event then he's sure to make the headlines.

He'll also attract a crowd, but hopefully in the future they'll be a bit better behaved, and at least Woods had playing partner Olin Browne Jr to lean on.

As @acaseofthegolf1 reported on X that: "According to people at the Qualifier Olin was encouraging Charlie the entire round despite all the distractions. 

"And after the round Olin told Charlie how proud he was of him for finishing." 

Paul Higham
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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.