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Elin Nordegren’s Gracious Presence for Charlie Leaves Tiger Woods’s Absence Unnoticed at Palm Beaches

Published 02/22/2024, 11:00 AM EST

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The time has finally come. Charlie Woods’ much-awaited launch in the golf world seems to be on the to-do list over the coming days. The scratch golfer is on his way to registering his name in the books of history with his possible early launch at the Cognizant Classic. But the only missing piece in his otherwise almost perfectly painted picture of a Cognizant Classic dream seems to be his father, Tiger Woods, because of his ongoing health-related hiatus.

However, Charlie Woods and his carpe diem mindset seem to be unstoppable. With his eyes set straight on the prize and his mother, Elin Nordegren, on his side at the Lost Lake Golf Club in Florida, Junior Woods is currently exceeding expectations, with a sharp score of 1 over through four holes. As per the available information, Charlie arrived at the venue with his mother an hour before his 7:39 am ET tee-off. He was the first player on the putting green.

The presence of his mother and his friend JJ as his bagman seems to be working in the 15-year-old’s favor; so much so that his performance so far has even taken the spotlight off of the fact that Senior Woods is not on the greens with him on this special occasion. But how is that even possible?

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How has Tiger Woods’s absence fared out for his son?

Thankfully for Charlie Woods, his father’s sickness with influenza has not left him alone on his big day. With his mother, Elin Nordegren, in attendance, the familial support aspect seems to have been taken care of.

Woods’s ex-wife and the mother of his children was spotted walking with the group at Lost Lake, where her son is taking his first step toward a formal career in golf. If the son of the 82-time PGAT star manages to finish the Cognizant Classic Pre-Qualifying round in the top five positions and ties, he would be eligible to move to Monday’s open qualifier.

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If Junior Woods falls within the top 4 positions on Monday, he will earn a spot on the field of the PGA Tour’s Cognizant Classic at the PGA National Member Club from February 29th to March 3rd. It’s exciting, isn’t it? Well, this shocking news and the excitement that it brings along have put the budding star (currently wearing his father’s brand Sunday Red gloves) in the spotlight and made him the center of the golf world’s attention in light of his father’s absence.

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Earlier, Charlie Woods competed alongside his father in the past four PNC Championships. However, he has never competed as an individual in an event related to the Tour. Whether Junior Woods will make it to Palm Beach or not remains a matter of contention. Nordegren on his side might help matters in his favor. After all, family comes first.

UPDATE: Charlie Woods made 11 pars on his round at the Lost Lake Golf Club in Florida. His scorecard also included four bogeys, two double bogeys as well as a catastrophic 12 on the par-four seventh hole. With a 16-over-par 86, the young Woods won’t advance to the PGA Tour’s Cognizant Classic.

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While Woods won’t go ahead, it is an experience he can build on. He will soon head into the next season of high school golf at the Benjamin School. The school will aim to defend its state championship.

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Daiemah Malik

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Daiemah Malik is a Senior Golf Writer at EssentiallySports. Thanks to many evenings on the course, driving and putting alongside her family, Daiemah is able to give her loyal readers a perspective of both a player and a writer. Her area of expertise is technical core sport pieces like analyzing golfers’ performances or predicting how weather will affect an event and those playing.
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Garima Yadav

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