Amid Following His Father’s Legacy, Was Charlie Woods the Missing Piece in Team USA’s Jr Ryder Cup Defeat?

Published 09/29/2023, 7:00 AM EDT

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The Ryder Cup fever is real, but not only for the professional golfers. The junior edition of the Ryder Cup has been making quite a lot of buzz, especially after Team Europe won over America. It is natural to wonder if Team USA missed the services of a rising household name, Charlie Woods.

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The young golfer is nowhere close to competing in men’s events such as the Masters as a professional. But the 14-year-old is shouldering his father Tiger Woods‘ legacy beautifully. So why was he not playing the iconic junior event despite his blazing form?

Is Charlie Woods the missing piece of the Junior Ryder Cup puzzle?

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The focus, recently, has been a lot on Tiger Woods and his absence from competitive golf. Speculations have also been if he would be in Rome for the patriotic event. But, as the showdown commenced today, there is no sign of Tiger yet. But the Woods family continues to remain in the news.

Charlie Woods and his father recently visited Mission Inn Golf Club for the junior golfing event, the coveted Notah Begay III Championship. While the 15-time major champion caddied for his son, Charlie got busy carding consecutive birdies, leaving the entire golf world in awe.

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The 14-year-old is just young in numbers as he also flaunted his approach to the game. He said, “I just took it one shot at a time… don’t think too far ahead.” Many professional golfers go by this advice in the prime of their game. But Charlie Woods seems to have reached a new peak already.

The criteria for the junior Ryder Cup team is the same as the edition that professional golfers play. However, Charlie Woods neither qualified automatically nor was he a captain’s pick. But the day may not be that far when he will be hailed as a part of it, too.

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What happened at the junior edition of the event?

Six junior boys and girls were chosen for the Junior Ryder Cup. They competed in Rome, and the match concluded yesterday, September 28, a day before the 44th edition of men’s professional patriotic showdown.

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Team Europe had lost the cup for the last six editions of the Junior Ryder Cup. But this time, they achieved the feat by winning seven and drawing level in three games out of the total 12 matches. While Germany’s Helen Briem gained early momentum with a 2&1 win over Yana Wilson, Kris Kim defeated Miles Russell 5&4, further extending Europe’s advantage.

The junior golfer bounced back on their game whenever needed and took charge of the course to card-winning putts and birdies. While we are looking at future Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup stars, one is already on his way to becoming a legend, going by the name of Charlie Woods.

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