Tiger Woods Caddies for Son Charlie, Hints at Possible December Return
Tiger Woods, a 15-time major winner, made a surprise appearance as a caddie for his son Charlie at a 54-hole junior tournament, sparking speculation about his potential return to competitive golf in December.
Signs of Progress
Although Woods has not announced a specific timetable for his comeback, his involvement in his son’s tournament at the Notah Begay III Boys Junior Golf National Championship over the weekend in Louisiana suggests that his body may be nearing readiness for a return to the sport.
Woods has been sidelined since a car crash in 2021 that resulted in severe leg injuries. He made a comeback at last year’s Masters, finishing 47th, but has since faced challenges in his performance. He withdrew from the 2022 PGA Championship, skipped the US Open, and missed the cut at the British Open.
Following his withdrawal from this year’s Masters due to plantar fasciitis, Woods underwent ankle surgery in late April. Since his return, he has struggled to walk courses for four rounds, hindering his ability to compete at the highest level.
Charlie Woods’ Performance
During the tournament, Charlie Woods showcased his talent by firing a closing three-under par 68, finishing level for 17th place in the 14-15-year-olds division with a score of two-over 215.
Charlie, who turns 48 next month, has been playing alongside his father at the PNC Championship, a best-ball event for parent and child, for the past three years. The event allows competitors to use carts, which has been beneficial for Tiger Woods given his physical limitations.
Potential Return and Future Events
Aside from the junior tournament, Tiger Woods also made an appearance at the recent PGA Tour event in Mexico, which was played on a course he designed. Witnesses reported seeing Woods walking comfortably and engaging with fellow players, including Stewart Cink, the 2009 British Open winner, who stated that Woods was in “go mode” and had resumed practicing.
Looking ahead, there is a vacant spot in the field at the Hero World Challenge, an invitational event hosted by Woods in the Bahamas, scheduled for November 30 to December 3. This presents a potential opportunity for Woods to make his official return to competitive golf.
As fans eagerly await his comeback, the golfing world remains hopeful that Tiger Woods will once again grace the fairways and compete at the highest level.