One of the golfing world’s greatest players is back, and he is bringing his son with him.
Tiger Woods will be re-joining the Professional Golf Association Tour in spectacular fashion next weekend. The PNC Championship will be Tiger Wood’s first tournament since his car accident back in February. The 15-time major champion suffered a terrible leg injury after hitting a tree at 75 MPH. He shattered upper and lower portions of his tibia and fibula bones, as well as damaging bones in his foot and ankle. Woods took time to address his injury during his first public appearance at the 2021 Hero World Challenge in November.
He put into detail on the harshness of this recovery in comparison to his past injuries.
“This one’s been much more difficult [than the 10 combined on my knee and back]. The knee stuff that I had on my left knee, those operations were one thing, that’s one level. Then you add the back, that’s another level. And then with this right leg … it’s hard to explain how difficult it has been just to be immobile for the three months, just lay there and I was just looking forward to getting outside. That was a goal of mine.“
The 45-year-old even questioned his future in the sport.
“Well, I’ve made the climb up there a few times, and I’ve had a pretty good run in my career. I just knew that once I came back from the spinal fusion surgery, I still had my hands. … So I came back here in 2017 and played in the Hero event … Then I started back in 2018 and started playing a little bit more and I started building. Once I started building, I realized after Tampa that I could win. Then I proved to myself that I could take the lead in the British Open. Well, I could close. Even though I did not win, I closed pretty good at the PGA at Bellerive, and then 2019 I won the Masters. I don’t see that type of trend going forward for me. I won’t have the opportunity to practice given the condition of my leg and build up. I just don’t. I’ll just have a different way of doing it, and that’s okay and I’m at peace with that, I’ve made the climb enough times.”
Prior to the press conference at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger posted a clip on Twitter of him just swinging the iron. People are ready and anxious for Tiger’s return. The little 3 second clip has a total of 7.6 million views.
Oddly enough, the last championship Tiger Woods played in was the 2020 PNC Championship. The PNC Championship is a 39-Hole tournament that encompasses family bonding at its core. In this championship, pro golfers are paired up with any family member of their choosing to attack the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes course in Orlando. Of course, Tiger chose his 12-year-old son, Charlie.
As far as many could tell, fans understand why he wanted to come back to play in this tournament. He wants to golf with his son again. This isn’t the Woods duo’s first run together, they played together in the last PNC Championship. They unfortunately finished seventh in last year’s tournament, but spectators got flashes of Tiger when Charlie scored an eagle on the par-five third hole.
The fist bump and synchronized lean really made me smile.
The 2021 PNC Championship will take place from December 18-19, and will be airing on the Golf Channel and NBC.
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