By Elliott Heath published
Tiger Woods is returning to action at next week's PNC Championship alongside his son Charlie, just 10 months following his horrific car accident in Los Angeles. Woods was seen practising throughout the week at the Hero World Challenge last week in the Bahamas as the rumours ramped up about his possible return, and the news has now been confirmed.
“Although it’s been a long and challenging year, I am very excited to close it out by competing in the PNC Championship with my son Charlie. I’m playing as a Dad and couldn’t be more excited and proud," Woods said.
The event features 20 teams of one Major winner and a family member compete for the title at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida from 16th-19th December.
Woods was a huge fan of his debut appearance in the event last year alongside Charlie, where they finished in seventh position. “I don’t think words can describe it,” he said. “Just the fact that we were able to have this experience together, Charlie and I, it’s memories for a lifetime.”
“He carried me, no doubt,” Woods said of Charlie's great play. “It’s short for Charlie, it’s not short from where I’m playing,” Woods added. “I’ve got to hit it from back there with Justin (Thomas). And I’m hitting it half as far as he does.”
Alastair Johnston of IMG, the executive chairman of the tournament, told the PGA Tour: “I am delighted to confirm that Tiger and Charlie Woods will be participating in the 2021 PNC Championship. We have been liaising with Tiger and his team for some time and are delighted that he has now decided to make his return to competitive golf at the PNC Championship.”
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
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