As the end of the year approaches, the golf world has achieved its most anticipated moment, as Tiger Woods gives us marvelous news. We will finally witness him make a return to competitive golf as he has confirmed his presence at the PNC Championship slated to be held later in the week.
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes, will host the event formerly known as the father/son challenge from December 16-19. The field will comprise 20 teams, fulfilling the criteria of having one member with a major title or the Players Championship title, along with a family member who is not a touring professional.
This year’s star-studded field has a massive 67 major titles amongst them and it includes champions like Justin Thomas, Nelly Korda, Jim Furyk, Nick Faldo, John Daly, and Vijay Singh. The field will fight it out over two days for the Willie Park Trophy and a total purse of a little more than $1 million.
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Tiger Woods makes a comeback to competitive golf
After his single car crash earlier this year, Woods has been on the sidelines recovering. Moreover, just a couple of days ago, Woods shut down any possibilities of him returning to tour soon. He said, “I have so far to go… I’m not even at the halfway point.”
The PNC Championship, however, is not a regular tournament and allows players the use of a cart. Moreover, it’s much shorter than the typical four-day event. Hence, Woods has decided to tee it up with his son Charlie, 12, who is an aspiring golfer. In the 2020 version of the event, the two finished 7th, where Justin Thomas and his father Mike Thomas emerged winners.
Although it’s been a long and challenging year, I am very excited to close it out by competing in the @PNCchampionship with my son Charlie. I’m playing as a Dad and couldn’t be more excited and proud.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) December 8, 2021
Revealing the news, Woods went viral with his tweet. He wrote, “Although it’s been a long and challenging year, I am very excited to close it out by competing in the @PNCchampionship with my son Charlie. I’m playing as a Dad and couldn’t be more excited and proud.”
Fans react to Tiger’s massive announcement
Undoubtedly, his ardent fans were ecstatic. Here is what some of them had to say when replying to his message-
This is awesome. Welcome back.
— Bryson DeChambeau (@b_dechambeau) December 8, 2021
I love you.
— Riggs (@RiggsBarstool) December 8, 2021
Tiger needs to make sure and put part of that PIP money in Charlie’s stocking this Christmas.
— Brad Keltner (@BradKeltnerMWA) December 8, 2021
This is awesome Tiger watching u an Charlie last time was brilliant he is a mini you 😂 good luck can’t wait to see you back I think I speak for everyone when I say we’ve missed you like crazy your the reason I started watching/playing golf the GOAT is back 🏌️♂️⛳️
— Lunty LFC 96 (@luntyLfc) December 8, 2021
This is fantastic news; I watched last year, and most events all year. Your son will take on your legacy and grow it; time to start.
— mlhoward3 (@mlhoward31) December 8, 2021
Tiger, go for it. My hero always will be Seve. But I have to admit that you are the Greatest golfer I’ve seen. I can’t imagine anyone putting four better rounds together than your four at Hiylake. If they were a painting they be a masterpiece
— Steve Huxley (@pinguser1) December 8, 2021
It will be absolutely fantastic to see you guys playing together Mr. Woods. I wish as well as pray for you as you recuperate and strengthen your body after that horrible wreck. GOD’S BLESSINGS, from a fan.👍🏿
— Ronnie Price (@redwardprice719) December 8, 2021
Looking forward to watching you with Charlie. Glad you’re on the mend.❤🙏🏽
— I am who I am. (@livelife1964) December 8, 2021
Alastair Johnston, the executive chairman of the tournament, also confirmed his presence, saying, “I am delighted to confirm that Tiger and Charlie Woods will be participating in the 2021 PNC Championship. We have been liaising with Tiger and his team for some time and are delighted that he has now decided to make his return to competitive golf at the PNC Championship.”
Now that he has confirmed his presence, we absolutely cannot wait for the weekend to approach. Hopefully, this is just a start to many more seasons of Tiger’s dominance.
Former pro explains why players resented Tiger Woods when he first came on Tour.
Tiger Woods is indisputably the greatest golfer of his generation. His list of accomplishments is so long it has its own Wikipedia page (yes, really) and he forever changed the sport of golf.
But back in 1996, before the green jackets and trophies and awe-inspiring moments, Woods was just a rookie on Tour. And while he had already been anointed the chosen one to carry the torch of pro golf into the next era, he didn’t yet have any professional accolades to back up the hype. And that hype rubbed some established pros the wrong way.
“We hated him,” said former Tour pro John Maginnes on this week’s episode of GOLF’s Subpar. “The money — the rumor was $10 million. That was beyond what a quarterback was making. This was an astronomical sum of money, so we resented him.”
That resentment didn’t last long for Maginnes, though.
“Then I met him,” Maginnes said. “This is one of the funniest guys on the Tour. This guy is awesome. And so you immediately love him. Tiger is beloved in the locker room.”
It wasn’t just Woods’ personality that won over Maginnes, either. It was also his game.
“Once I saw the game, I knew everything that I’d ever done in my entire life was in vain,” he said.
Not long after that, Woods won for the first time in his Tour career. Eighty-one more victories — including 15 majors — would follow, and the rest is history.
Check out the entire episode of Subpar below as Maginnes dishes on what it was like playing with Woods, what it’s like to grind on Tour and more.
FORMULAR ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BIG CONTROVERSY: AN ‘INJUSTICE’ IS REVEALED AFTER VERSTAPPEN’S TITLE
Hamilton and Verstappen, a big controversy… An injustice is revealed after Verstappen’s title? Damon Hill was asked to comment on the outcome of the Formula One World Championship and said that the way Max Verstappen won the F1 title was ‘unfair’ and an ‘injustice’.
Just over a month after the dramatic conclusion of the Formula One season, the controversy over Max Verstappen’s F1 title has not abated. Lewis Hamilton has been silent since the 12th of December, which has cast a shadow over his future.
In the meantime, Mercedes is fruitlessly waiting for sanctions that aren’t happening, to be taken against the FIA and more particularly Michael Masi, the race director. Masi, whose decisions were controversial during the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and notably the management of the safety car. And according to 1996 world champion Damon Hill, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have reason to be upset.
“It’s unfair in itself”
“I think at the end of the day Lewis Hamilton’s fans feel very aggrieved because, and Lewis Hamilton may well do this and Mercedes may well do this, the way the decision has gone has put them at a disadvantage and they feel robbed.” says the former F1 Champion, who to be fair has been at the wrong end of title fight ‘injustice’ before.
“So there’s a lot of resentment, obviously. But in the Dutch camp, was it a satisfactory way to decide a championship? You have to say it wasn’t satisfactory.
“I think it may even have been unfair because if you look at it from the point of view of how the decision was made, it allowed some cars to get loose and not others. That in itself is unfair.
“The result was a focus on the two title contenders and I don’t think you can run a motor race or a championship that way – you have to apply the rules equally to all competitors,” he told Sky Sports.
Professionally Surprising: ‘What the #%@! was that?’ How Tiger Woods, in his rookie season, shocked this pro
It goes without saying, but all eyes were on Tiger Woods when he officially joined the PGA Tour in 1996. He won three straight U.S. Amateur titles from 1994-96 and signed a lucrative endorsement contract as soon as he turned pro.
Of course there was intrigue surrounding the phenom. John Maginnes vividly remembers his first up-close look at Woods, when they were paired together at the 1996 B.C. Open, which was Woods’ fourth career start as a pro. Maginnes, now a golf analyst on Sirius XM, recalled that memorable pairing when he was a guest on this week’s GOLF Subpar Podcast.
On the third hole, a par-5, Woods pulled his tee shot into the trees but it kicked back out into the fairway.
“I’m standing 10 feet away from the hardest golf swing I’ve ever seen in my life, the loudest contact to a balata golf ball I’ve ever heard,” Maginnes said. “And this ball took off and looked like a laser.”
Maginnes said just when he thought the ball was supposed to drop, it kept going. And going, and going.
“And by this point, Tiger’s already walked 40 yards,” Maginnes said. “As soon as he made contact he knew. It landed about four steps onto the front of the green and trickled to the back fringe.”
Mike “Fluff” Cowan was Woods’ caddie. Maginnes first met him the previous year at the U.S. Open.
“And I looked at Fluff, and I want to be very clear to all the listeners, I was not asking advice when I said, ‘Fluff, what the F was that?’ And he said, ‘That’s our 2-iron we carried about 275.’
“At the time I was averaging 268 off the tee, and he hit an iron 275. And I did dribble that 3-wood right on the front fringe, by the way.”
Maginnes tied for 60th. Woods tied for 3rd and two weeks later, in his next start, won the Las Vegas Invitational for his first career PGA Tour victory.