He sent social media into meltdown with his perfect carbon-copy swing.
Then Charlie Woods, son of golf icon Tiger Woods, wowed with an eagle and some snappy trash talk at the PNC Championship father-son event.
Woods Jr, 11, drilled a 175-yard three wood to within three feet of the cup on the third hole at the Grande Lakes Orlando course. He made no mistake with the putt.
“That’s your first eagle,” Tiger said to Charlie.
After footage of him swinging the club alongside Tiger went viral, the world was watching Charlie – including NBA megastar LeBron James.
But it wasn’t just his game that made an impression. Charlie apparently has his dad’s penchant for sledging.
Team Woods was paired with Justin Thomas, a former world No.1 and major winner, who was playing with his father, Mike. On the 13th hole, Charlie Woods nailed a driver, while Thomas Sr found a bunker.
Woods Jr walked to the bunker and dropped a note for the Thomas pair to find, which said: “DRAW HOLE!”Latest Golf VideosTiger’s son’s incredible eagleGolf world goes crazy over Charlie Woods’ swingJohnson claims first Masters title
“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” Tiger Woods’ close friend and former college teammate, Notah Begay, said on the broadcast.
AP reported that Mike Thomas, a junior coach, had left the ball beside a wayward shot from Charlie on the previous day.
“In typical Woods’ fashion, he kept the paper,” Justin Thomas said. “My dad hit in the bunker, and he took that exact paper and put it behind the ball. So a little karma there.”
Justin Thomas, a polished trash-talker himself, could only laugh; as he looked around bemused after finding the note, Charlie Woods doffed his cap with a grin. At least Thomas already known what he was in for, playing with Woods Jr.
“Although he’s never beaten me in golf or a putting contest, he still talks trash just like his dad,” Thomas said of Charlie Woods pre-tournament.
“It will be fun. We’ll have that like inner tournament within a tournament, trying to shut his little mouth up, but it will be fun.
“He likes to needle me a little bit and I have to remind myself that he’s 11-years-old sometimes. I need to remind myself sometimes that I need to watch what I say.
“They are very similar. Who wouldn’t want to be like your dad if your dad was Tiger Woods? He definitely has all the mannerisms.”
Thomas was impressed with his showing in the first round, saying: “I knew he was going to wow a lot of people.
“It was cool to see him shape the ball both ways and hit great shots. We feel probably what our parents felt growing up watching us play. You want them to do well, but you can’t do anything about it.
“It was competitive, it was joyful, it was memorable and we had some banter.”
Tiger Woods said he hadn’t been surprised by Charlie’s play and enjoyed watching him play well, especially given the scrutiny.
“I don’t really care about my game,” Woods said. “I’m just making sure that Charlie has the time of his life. And he’s doing that.
“I’ve seen this all along. Probably not a lot of people have. A lot of the shots he hit, I’ve seen them back home at The Medalist this entire year. The junior events he played in, he hit a lot of these. It was a matter of stringing these out for three-and-a-half hours. It’s a totally different deal.”
Team Woods was down the leaderboard at 10-under after day one of the scramble tournament, yet Charlie Woods is the youngest player ever to compete in the special two-day event. He was able to hit from a forward tee, sometimes 100 yards ahead of that used by the professionals.
The field features 20 players who have either won majors or the PGA Tour’s Players Championship. Team Kuchar, comprising PGA Tour veteran Matt Kuchar and his son Cameron, held the lead at 14-under.
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