Charlie Woods Dazzles While Tiger, in Return, Grimaces and Grinds

May 7, 2024

At the PNC Championship, the first tournament for the 15-time major champion since a devastating car crash in February, father and son inspired awe — and trepidation.

Tiger Woods embraced his son, Charlie, on the 18th green.Credit..

To watch Tiger Woods and his son play golf over the weekend was to feel a kaleidoscope of emotion.

Goodness, it was something to see Tiger back. It was just 10 months ago when his S.U.V. tumbled off the road in suburban Los Angeles. He nearly died. He had to be pried from the overturned wreck of mangled metal. His injuries, including compound fractures in his right leg, were so severe that doctors discussed amputation.

He spent nearly a month in the hospital, and three more laid up in bed.

And yet there he was, golf’s complicated and magnificent lodestar, healthy enough now to grind and grimace through 36 holes at the PNC Championship, a casual soiree of a tournament teaming golfing greats with family members.

For Tiger Woods, that meant pairing with his son, 12-year-old Charlie, who after being put on center stage for the second year running at this tournament is now renowned in the game of golf and far beyond.