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It’s not the Masters, the U.S. Open, the Open Championship or even the PGA Championship, but it’s a start for Tiger Woods.
Golf’s most popular star confirmed on Wednesday that he will be playing alongside his son, Charlie, at the PNC Championship on Dec. 18-19 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando. The PNC Championship is a 36-hole team event pairing PGA major champions with their parents or children. Tiger and Charlie Woods finished seventh in the 20-team field in 2020.
“Although it’s been a long and challenging year, I am very excited to close it out by competing in the @PNCchampionship with my son Charlie,” Woods said. “I’m playing as a Dad and couldn’t be more excited and proud.”
Woods, 45, is making a monumental return to the sport after his near-fatal car accident in February. Woods reportedly required the “jaws of life” to pull him out of the vehicle. Woods suffered broken bones in both his legs and compound fractures that required him to have surgery. He said at a Nov. 30 press conference that he feared his leg would have to be amputated.
In his first interview since the crash on Nov. 29 with GolfDigest, Woods made his first public comments on his golf future. He admitted his full-time golf career was over but said he would attempt to play specific events in the future.
“I think something that is realistic is playing the tour one day—never full time, ever again—but pick and choose, just like Mr. [Ben] Hogan did. Pick and choose a few events a year and you play around that,” Woods said. “You practice around that, and you gear yourself up for that. I think that’s how I’m going to have to play it from now on. It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s my reality. And I understand it, and I accept it.”
At the time of the interview, Woods said he was cleared for light swinging, as he showed in a Twitter video.