Can 12-Year-Old Charlie Woods Qualify for a Major Championship?

Published 12/20/2021, 4:30 PM EST
Dec 17, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Charlie Woods walks to the third tee during a pro-am round of the PNC Championship golf tournament at Grande Lakes Orlando Course. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports


Charlie Woods has already started to make headlines with his incredible golf game. He recently competed in the 2021 PNC Championship along with his dad Tiger Woods. Notably, they had an excellent event as they finished runners-up, falling just two strokes short, finishing behind the winner’s John Daly and John Daly II. 

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They carded 57 on the final day with 13 birdies and an eagle. It is fair to say, Charlie Woods even overshadowed Tiger on a few holes with his insane golfing skills. He hit a few darts, bombed drives, and even made a few clutch putts. Hence, fans have started their speculations about this 12-year-old kid being the next big thing in golf. 

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Furthermore, a few fans also have started to think about Charlie winning a major championship. But can a 12-year-old compete in a major championship? Let’s find out. 

Can Charlie Woods compete in a major championship?

Charlie first came into the limelight last year at the PNC Championship, where, just like this year, he teamed up with his dad Tiger Woods. Then, they finished in 7th place, but Charlie made a strong impact on the golfing world with his performance.

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Undoubtedly, Charlie has improved a lot as a golfer. His driving distance, distance control with wedges, and ability to read the putts have increased. But still, he cannot compete at a major championship event yet. Charlie needs to play a bit more competitive golf and win a few amateur and junior championships initially. 

Golf – PNC Championship – The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Florida, U.S. – December 19, 2021 Tiger Woods of the U.S.’s son Charlie Woods hits his tee shot on the 1st hole during the Pro-Am REUTERS/Joe Skipper

So, if he wins the Latin America Amateur Championship, he will be eligible to play the iconic Masters at Augusta as an amateur. However, he still needs to get more speed and distance in his game, something that will only come with time.

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Hence, Charlie right now needs to focus on competing and winning events in school and junior golf, which will help him build a firm foundation for his golfing career. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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