‘Let him be a kid’: Tiger Woods reveals he ‘tries to push people away’ to protect his son Charlie, from the spotlight as the 13-year-old is set to star again with the legend at the PNC Championship
- Tiger Woods’ son, Charlie, has already shown glimpses of his father’s golfing talent
- The father-son duo is playing again at the PNC Championship this weekend
- This is the third time the event has been played, finishing second last year
- But Woods revealed he wanted to protect the 13-year-old from the ‘environment’
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Tiger Woods has revealed that he wants to shield his son, Charlie, as much as he can from the media’s attention.
As a 15-time major winner, Woods is one of the most recognizable faces in golf and his 13-year-old son, Charlie, has had his fair share of the limelight after competing in events with his father.
Despite the 46-year-old’s iconic career, Woods admits it’s a tougher environment for Charlie to break into the scene than when he was growing up.
Tiger Woods has revealed that he wants to protect his son Charlie from media attention
The golf icon revealed that he did the driving away from the crowd to protect Charlie.
“I want to protect him from all of this,” Woods said, via Golf.com. ‘The environment. Especially in this day and age. When I grew up there were no camera phones. There are no videos. I try to drive people away. Let him be a child.’
Still, Woods couldn’t avoid the cameras focused on Charlie this week as the father-son duo teed up at the PNC Championship.
The pair are competing in the event, which has a 20-team field for the winners of the majors or The Players Championship and a child or parent, for the third time.
The pair will be together at the PNC Championship for the third time this weekend
Last year, Team Woods finished second, one shot behind John Daly and his son John Daly II, who is a collegiate golfer.
The 36-hole event, televised by NBC, is Dec. 17-18 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando.
Woods and Charlie have drawn many comparisons in their swings and attitudes while playing the PNC Championship the past two years.
But Woods said he told Charlie to copy his friend Rory McIlroy’s swing, rather than his own.
I told him, don’t copy my swing. Copy Rory’s,’ Woods said. ‘Have you ever seen Rory lose his balance on a shot? Nope. Never. You can swing as much as you want on a shot, but you have to have balance.’
Woods and Charlie drew many comparisons in their swings and mannerisms
Earlier this month, Woods was asked when he thought his son would start kicking him out but he revealed that it had already happened in a yard.
Woods and Charlie also drew attention in September when the golf legend caddied as his son shot a career-low 68 at the Notah Begay III Junior National Golf Championship. Woods was seen with a beaming smile as he drove the buggy with his son.
Woods won’t be the only golfing legend to join his son this week as Annika Sorenstam will return to the event.
This time, the Hall of Famer will be playing with his 11-year-old son, Will McGee, who he said is excited to compete with the likes of Woods, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.
Another golf legend, Annika Sorenstam, will also tee up with her son Will McGee, 11.
‘It’s crazy how excited he is,’ he told the Golf Channel. ‘We are there [at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club] Right before Thanksgiving rolled around and we were on the putting green and I was like, “Mommy, in a few weeks I’ll be putting with Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth,” and I mean, he’s a golf nut, he’s a golf fan, he’s watching everyone, and for him to be a part of this event and have his name on a press release with Tiger, it’s his dream. And what a dream, right? And I’m proud to be a part of it with him.’
Woods made his first appearance since The Open at St. Andrews in July when he teamed up with McIlroy to face Spieth and Thomas in the latest edition of the match on Saturday.
Still, Thomas and Spieth rolled to a 3 and 2 win in 10 holes under the lights at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair.