Tiger Woods‘ son, Charlie, has been lobbying his father for some time to play in the PNC Championship, a tournament that lets major champions compete as a team with a family member.
Charlie also apparently has been itching to get a piece of Justin Thomas.
Woods and his 11-year-old son committed recently to the tournament, also known as the Father/Son Challenge, which will be Dec. 19-20 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.
Thomas, who won the 2017 PGA Championship to become eligible for the tournament that began in 1995, is playing with his father, Mike, who is a Kentucky club pro and Thomas’ coach.
“Tiger and I talked about it a bunch; he brought it up a while ago that Charlie wanted to play and Charlie really wanted to play with us,” Thomas said Tuesday at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico — the last official PGA Tour event of 2020. “I’ve obviously gotten to know him well, and he knows my dad a little bit as well.
“For some reason, Charlie just always wants to beat me, it doesn’t matter what it is. Although he’s never beaten me in golf or a putting contest, he still talks trash just like his dad. It will be fun. We’ll have that, like, inner tournament within a tournament, try to shut his little mouth up, but it will be fun.”
Thomas was unsure whether he and his father would be grouped with Woods and his son.
The field consists of 20 teams that will play a 36-hole scramble. Over the years, the format has been tweaked to allow for daughters and grandsons to compete with their fathers.
Woods’ son has shown promise in a few video clips of his swing, as he has competed in some junior events — sometimes with his dad caddying.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be playing with Charlie in our first official tournament together,” Woods said when his participation was announced. “It’s been great watching him progress as a junior golfer, and it will be incredible playing as a team together in the PNC Championship.”