Tiger Woods Takes a Call on PNC Championship Participation

Published 12/07/2021, 3:34 AM EST
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 19: Tiger Woods of the United States and Charlie Woods react on the third green during the first round of the PNC Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando on December 19, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods, who has been on the sidelines for the better part of this year, made an appearance at last at the Hero World Challenge. However, it’s a continuous process, and no sooner than the exclusive event concluded than we were speculating about where we might see him next.

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Last week, multiple reports claimed that Woods was seriously considering appearing at the PNC Championship lined up next. However, given this came less than a couple of days after he claimed he’s ‘not even at the halfway point’ in his recovery, we weren’t so sure. Even though Woods finally teeing it up is one of the biggest hopes we’re all sporting, we wish whatever is the best for his health.

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AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 12: Tiger Woods of the United States watches his tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The PNC Championship, also known as the father-son challenge, is an annual two-player event for PGA Tour and Champions Tour professionals and their children. Woods and his golfer son Charlie, 12, appeared last year and finished 7th.

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Tiger Woods is not sure whether he’ll play

In the latest footage we have of Woods, he answers the big question himself. He says, “Playing tour golf and being prepared to play and try to shoot low scores against the best players on the toughest golf courses, that’s a totally different deal. I am a long, long way from that, and so don’t expect me to be out on Tour for quite some time.”

The interviewer goes on to state the obvious about the PNC Championship. He says the ‘hit and giggle’ event is not as serious as others and one could even ride a golf cart around the short course.

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To that, the 45-year-old says, “It’s short for Charlie… it’s not short from where I’m playing from! I’m playing back there with Justin [Thomas] and I hit it half as far as he does.”

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So, will we carry the hopes of watching Woods live in action into next year? Or will this past week’s health convince him he is capable of another step forward in his endeavor to return to the sport?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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