Tiger junior wants to ’get a win’ with dad
Former world number one Justin Thomas had to take down a "smack talking" Charlie Woods in a putting competition when the son of golfing great Tiger was just nine years old.
The competitiveness of Woods' only son is a family trait according to his famous father and will be on show this week when they team up in Florida to play in a $1 million event.
The younger Woods is now 11 years old, and video of his swing, which mimics his dad's, has gone viral after the duo hit together on the range and then played a full 18 holes of practice for the PNC Championship.
Woods, the 15-time major champion, is doing his best to play down the hype around his son and talked mainly about seeing Charlie "enjoy" playing when asked following their round.
But Thomas said the younger Woods was as competitive as his ferociously driven father, and his dad couldn't disagree.
"He is competitive, yes. Our whole family is that way," Woods said.
"It's competitive for us. We're enjoying it and trying to figure out how we're going to get around here and get a win."
Big Cat x Little Cat.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 18, 2020
Inside the ropes with the father-son pairing. pic.twitter.com/YNQpctyDTm
Thomas also revealed a story that was proof young Charlie could be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.
"We had a putting contest, maybe three years ago, over at Tiger's house, us three," he said.
"We played nine holes and it was straight up, he (Charlie) didn't get any sort of advantage, we were just putting. I think he was eight or nine at the time and it was one of three combined weeks I have been world number one.
"Charlie was leading going into the last hole. Charlie was mouthing off, saying 'Here I am, I'm nine years old and I'm beating the number one player in the world and supposedly the best golfer of all time'.
"He three-putted, I made it and I beat him. That shut him up pretty quick."
“Hey, dad, you wanna have a catch?” pic.twitter.com/TnbcGOXyju— Tim Reilly (@LifeOfTimReilly) December 18, 2020
Woods, a golfing prodigy who was on TV hitting balls when he was just two years old, said his son didn't mind the cameras following him around this week.
"When I was 11, it was a totally different world," Woods said.
"I was playing a lot of tournaments, but I wasn't in front of the media like this. It was so different. He's been handling this and playing and being a part of golf. And this is part of golf."
"It's so much fun for me to see him enjoying the game. That's the whole idea. Enjoy hitting shots and creating those shots. It's so cool for me to see him enjoy the sport."
And Woods said a future in golf wasn't a must for his son, who looks an absolute natural like his dad.
"My dad never pushed me to play golf or run cross country," Woods said.
"Whatever Charlie decides to do, as I said, as long as he enjoys it. And he's doing that."
"It's competitive for us. We're enjoying it and trying to figure out how we're going to get around here and get a win."@TigerWoods shares his thoughts on teeing it up alongside his son, Charlie, at this week's PNC Championship. Watch the full video: https://t.co/j3AeHU1U5u pic.twitter.com/mG658aIlc9— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) December 17, 2020
Originally published as Tiger junior wants to 'get a win' with dad