Tiger Woods son Charlie aims for PGA Tour debut at Rory McIlroy event with qualifiers for Cognizant Classic

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Charlie Woods, the 15-year-old son of former world number one golfer Tiger, is bidding to make his PGA Tour debut by taking part in qualifiers for the Cognizant Classic in Florida.

Woods junior will need to be among the top 25 players in a pre-qualifier to advance to a final round on Monday, when four hopefuls will advance to the tournament proper.

World number two Rory McIlroy will be the star name among the field playing for a prize fund of £7.1 million at the event between February 29 and March 3.

Prospect Woods faces an initial 18-hole test at Lost Lake Golf Club, where he has been grouped with American Olin Browne Jr and Ruaidhri McGee, of Ireland.

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Tiger Woods was his son’s caddie as his protege tied for 17th in the boys’ 14-15 competition of the 2023 Notah Begay III Junior Golf National Championship, and the pair have also taken part in four successive PNC Championship exhibition events together.

Woods senior has returned to the spotlight recently because of his role on the PGA Tour’s policy board, launch of a new clothing line following the end of his long-running partnership with Nike and hope that he will play in one tournament each month after a long history of injuries.

The 48-year-old was forced to withdraw from the Genesis Invitational event he hosted last week after suffering from dizziness and being taken ill on course.

Charlie Woods ‘has so much fun’ with father Tiger

When he appeared with him at the PNC Championship in December 2023, Charlie Woods was asked to recall a favourite memory and the qualities he admires in his illustrious father.

“His persistence and how he keeps coming back,” he replied. “I’ve learned how hard it is to come back from injury, and I thought that was pretty cool.

“I remember I went out to a tournament – I don’t know when it was or which one – and one of our security guards carried me out to 18 after he won.”

Despite his enduring love for the game, Tiger Woods said there are elements of his relationship with his son which help him to stay motivated. “I have a lot more fun doing it with him,” he said.

“We have so much fun at home practising and playing games. It’s a special bonding that happens that not many parents get a chance to have.”

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