Charlie Woods struggled at the Notah Begay III Invitational at Koasati Pines in Louisiana over the weekend but it was how well his dad Tiger Woods was walking by his side that garnered all the attention.
Charlie, who shot a 6-under 66 at the Last Chance Regional to qualify for the junior national championship, shot a 73-74, which brought him to 5-over through 36 holes.
The tally tied him for 23rd place prior to the final round of competition.
The younger Woods seemed to be caddied by his father, who carried his bags and appeared to be walking without much of a limp.
How Tiger is walking is noteworthy in the long-term aftermath of his horrific car crash in early 2021, compounding a history of back issues and other injuries, which he’s been recovering from.
He is also coming off surgery on his ankle in April to help with the arthritis and pain after withdrawing from the Masters because of a reaggravation of his plantar fasciitis.
Tiger has accompanied Charlie for other tournaments but hadn’t done as much walking or bag carrying until now, golf followers noted.
Stewart Cink said prior to the World Wide Technologies Championship this week that Woods had “started practicing,” per Golf Week, fueling speculation of a push to return to competitive golf.
“So that means he’s in go-mode for something, and I think we’re all pulling for him to feel as good as he can feel, and if he’s hitting golf balls, I think he’s going in the right direction,” Cink said.
The elder Woods hasn’t played professional golf since appearing in The Masters this past April before withdrawing from the tournament.
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