It has been 10 long, hard, painful and at times uncertain months for Tiger Woods since his awful car crash back in February not only nearly cost him life and limb, but also whether he would ever be able to play golf again.
However, this weekend, he will take to the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando to compete with his son Charlie in the PNC Championship, formerly the Father/Son Challenge.
The tournament is a special non-PGA Tour event for Major winners and a member of their family to compete against each other inb the Floridian sunshine and the low-pressure, congenial nature of the event is a perfect opportunity for Woods to make his return to the golf course.
And of course, playing with his son Charlie, who is fast developing into a fine golfer himself, will give the former World Number 1 added incentive to get back to top form.
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What Is The PNC Championship?
The tournament was first contested back in 1995 and has been held in Florida every year since apart from between 2000 and 2002, when it as held in the Bahamas and from 2009 to 2011 when the tournament was not contested.
— PNC Championship (@PNCchampionship) December 17, 2021
However, it has been held every December in Florida since 2012 and past winners at the course include Davis Love III and his son Dru (who won in 2012 and 2018), Bernhard Langer and his son Jason (winners in 2014 and 2019) and last year, Justin Thomas teamed up with his father Mike Thomas to claim victory.
While the tournament was originally meant to features teams consisting of a current or former PGA Tour professional father that has won a Major or The Players Championship plus a son from middle school age upwards, over the years that criteria has been only loosely applied.
Several daughters, grandsons and even fathers of PGA Professionals, making the pro the ‘son’ in the event, have competed in this friendly pre-Christmas event.
Tiger’s Trauma And Recovery
After his accident in February, Woods has undergone a lengthy and painful rehabilitation process that culminated with him first picking a club up again just a couple of months ago.
Indeed, in a recent interview, Woods revealed that not only was there very real danger that he could have died from the accident, but that he could have had part of his damaged leg amputated as a result of how severe his injuries were.
Thankfully, surgeons were able to repair the damage and keep Tiger’s limb intact. However, since then, it has been a slow and patient process for Woods to first gain back his mobility and confidence and then to start to work back on his golf game.
Future Prospects? Majors In 2022?
It is certainly going to be interesting to see how Tiger performs in the tournament and this low-key non-sanctioned tournament has drawn plenty of interest as a result.
If Tiger performs well with Charlie at the event, then you can be sure his odds of +4000 to win the Masters in April with PointsBet Sportsbook will certainly be shortened as a result.
The same will be true on Woods’ odds for the US Open, PGA Championship and The Open, but in truth, whether Woods sees his odds drift out, or come right in, he will feel a sense of vindication, elation and pride for playing in the tournament with his son.
Regardless of how he plays, it is going to be good to see on of the true greats of the game back on a golf course and playing once again, as there was a time when that likelihood seemed very much in doubt.