Tiger Woods’ Son Charlie Qualifies for Notah Begay III Invitational
14-year-old Charlie Woods secures a spot in prestigious golf tournament
Tiger Woods’ son, Charlie, has made headlines by qualifying for the Notah Begay III Invitational at Koasati Pines at Coushatta in Louisiana. The 14-year-old prodigy showcased his talent by shooting an impressive 6-under 66 at the Last Chance Regional to secure his place in the field.
However, Charlie has faced challenges during the tournament, struggling to find his rhythm and carding a 73-74, leaving him at 5-over through 36 holes. Despite this setback, he remains tied for 23rd place heading into the final round.
While the focus may be on Charlie, it is his father, Tiger Woods, who has stolen the show. Woods has been carrying his son’s bag throughout the tournament, generating excitement and buzz on social media. Videos of Woods walking the course have surfaced, showing him looking strong and without any signs of limping. This is the first time the world has seen him walk like this since his devastating car wreck earlier this year, which caused significant damage to his right leg, ankle, and foot.
Previously, Woods had been seen following Charlie on a golf cart during youth events. However, his ability to walk and carry the bag this week indicates a significant improvement in his health and mobility.
Adding to the intrigue, the PGA Tour is currently playing on one of Woods’ course designs, El Cardonal at Diamante, for the first time. Woods was in Mexico at the World Wide Technology Championship, observing the event from a golf cart. This sparked rumors of a potential return to competitive play after Stewart Cink revealed that Woods was practicing and in go-mode.
The videos of Tiger at the Notah Begay III Invitational have ignited excitement among fans who had doubted whether he would ever play another competitive round. Despite some skepticism about his chances of winning again, Woods’ presence on the course has reignited hope and anticipation.
Since his withdrawal from the Masters earlier this year, Woods has not played professional golf. He underwent surgery on his ankle to address arthritis and pain, causing him to miss the remaining three majors of the season. The timeline for his return was uncertain.
Although Woods has been seen playing golf since the surgery, his ability to walk the course like he has been doing at the Notah Begay III Invitational is a significant development. It suggests that he may finally be getting healthier and experiencing less pain in his leg.
The question now arises: Will we see Woods make his comeback at his Hero World Challenge event at the end of November, or will he wait for the PNC Championship and next year’s majors?
As for Charlie, he entered the Notah Begay III Invitational in good form. However, the course has posed challenges for him as he transitions to the 14-15 age group, facing tougher competition. In the previous year, Charlie finished 11th in the 12-13 division.
Currently, Lucky Cruz, a player from the Class of 2024, leads the 14-15 age section heading into the final day. Cruz shot an impressive 68-65, putting him at 9-under for the event and four strokes ahead of second place. While Charlie may not be in contention for the title, a strong final round could propel him into the top 20 or even higher.
Overall, the Notah Begay III Invitational has provided a platform for both Charlie and Tiger Woods to captivate golf enthusiasts. The sight of Woods walking the course without any visible signs of injury has sparked hope for his future in the sport, while Charlie continues to showcase his potential as a rising star in the golfing world.