The 13-year-old shot the round of the day in the Notah Begay III Junior National Golf Championship to finish tied-4th
Charlie Woods’ best-ever round of 68 at the Notah Begay III Junior National Golf Championship, with dad Tiger on the bag as a caddie, may have given us a glimpse into the future of golf.
The 13-year-old bounced back from an opening-round 80 at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, to card the best round of the day and tie for fourth place in the Boys 12-13 division at 4-over par.
Charlie demonstrated his prowess in partnership with his 15-time Major winning father at the PNC Championship, though he did take advantage of having one of the all-time greats on his bag and in his ear, making two birdies and an eagle that was a lip out away from being an albatross in his best round to date.
“That was awesome, I mean I couldn’t have done it without him,” said Charlie afterward. “Some shots I would have been so off but he steered me on the right course. Dad told me to stay patient. I just played steady golf; focus on each shot, don’t look too far ahead, and just stay in the game.”
In December, Tiger, and Charlie, then 12, finished second in the PNC Championship, two shots behind John Daly and his son John II. While Tiger’s career is winding down, Charlie is setting himself as one of the best juniors around.
Misha Golod won the combined boys’ competition. When Ukraine’s war broke out in March, the 15-year-old, the country’s top amateur player, flew to Orlando.
He and his mother fled Kyiv, while his 46-year-old father was forced to remain at home because he was of military service age. Misha had to bid his mother goodbye after taken up the offer to attend the David Leadbetter Academy, as she flew back to Budapest to pick up their car and drive back to Kyiv.