Pushing through the pain barrier is nothing new to Tiger Woods. Although this time his reasons were less competitive, and more family oriented.
The father-of-two saw his son, Charlie, take a keen interest in the sport he was leading.
Woods found himself battling through plantar fasciitis in his right foot, and played with Charlie at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Friday. His reason for doing so could not be more profound.
As if the two were not alike enough, both were spotted limping. Woods later revealed that his 13-year-old son recently suffered a sprained ankle.
In both for golf fans to taste, Tiger and Charlie Woods will battle it out on Saturday
Woods tees off in the first round of the PNC Championship in Orlando on Saturday. If that means his recovery from foot pain is delayed by playing, so be it, Woods said.
‘You know, I don’t care about that,’ Woods said of the notion that would hinder his recovery, via ESPN.
‘I think being there with and with my son is far more important, and [getting] To have the opportunity to have this experience with him is better than my leg creaking a little.’
Woods was all smiles recently about his enthusiastic 13-year-old son Charlie
This will be the third time the father and son will compete in the Orlando event, having participated in the previous two years.
Woods finished seventh in 2020, and a whopping two strokes behind Jon Daly and his son in 2021.
‘Anytime I get a chance to spend time with my son, it’s always special,’ Woods said.
‘And to do it in a competitive forum, the last two years have been amazing, and to do it again, we’re looking forward to it.’
The pair will compete in the PNC Championship in Orlando, FL. for the third year in a row
The 15-time major winner is still rehabbing from a severe car wreck he suffered in February 2021 outside of Los Angeles.
As a result, he can use a cart to get around the 36 holes. Despite the positives associated with playing with Charlie, there were still struggles for the golf legend, especially because of the crash.
‘I do everything,’ Woods said. ‘It’s frustrating because every day I have to do it, and then it’s trying to sleep in the damn boot, it’s no fun. My left foot was bleeding once because it was hit by a boot.
‘It’s just annoying. It’s one of those things that, hey, I’m grateful to have this foot and it’s mine. It’s not a fake leg; that’s mine. And, yes, there are some issues with it, but I still have it.’
Charlie Woods already has fans drooling over his current play and long-term golf potential
‘It’s harder than people think,’ Woods said. ‘Some of the players who are very close to me know what I’ve been through, and they keep encouraging me to step back a bit.
‘But that’s not really in my nature. My nature strives to be better, and I have. And through work ethic, I was able to play and compete in three major championships this year.’
Following the bonding time in Florida, Woods will recuperate before returning at some point in the new year.
It looks like he’ll be busy in the meantime, in a mentor role with Charlie.
In a video posted on the PGA Tour’s social media channels on Friday, Woods was seen filming his son on his iPhone before taking him off his tee shot.
Woods got up from behind before going into great detail, as you can imagine, praising the backswing and offering words of encouragement to his seemingly perfectionist son.