TIGER WOODS has called time on his full-time professional career due to injury problems sustained in a car crash but he may surprise fans with a tournament appearance.
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Tiger Woods has been tipped to make a rare tournament appearance before the end of 2022 as he continues his part-time golf schedule. The former World No.1 announced last year that his career as a full-time professional golfer was over due to injury problems although he would play in a few events, and returned to the PGA Tour at the Masters.
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NBC pundit Notah Begay III is a close friend of Woods and has tipped the American to feature at the PNC Championship in December alongside his son Charlie. The father and son duo competed in the tournament in 2021 but were beaten by John Daly and his son John II.
“I’m fairly certain it’s going to be at the PNC [Championship] with Charlie. Charlie’s starting to play a few more events, Begay told SiriusXM
Woods continues to struggle with the leg injuries he suffered in a serious car accident in 2021 and Begay said: “Tiger’s just steadily trying to find ways to get a little bit more stability in his leg. It was really presenting some major challenges at St. Andrews.
“I had a chance to talk with him during the round out there and it’s just constant discomfort so it’s hard to focus on golf, which is hard enough, much less having to deal with the literal pain of your leg aching throughout the day.”
Begay III added: “I know that as soon as he feels like he can be competitive because I think he got a good taste of what it’s going to take this past year, we’ll see him. We might see him one time this fall, he might surprise everybody.”
The annual PNC Championship consists of golfers usually teaming up with their sons and has been won by the likes of Justin Thomas, Bernhard Langer and David Love III in the past.
Woods’ son Charlie is 13 and footage emerged earlier this month of the teenager swinging like his father during a junior national qualifying event in Florida. The youngster recovered from an opening round 80 with an impressive 68, guided by his 15-time major tournament winner dad on the bag.
And opening up on the advice he receives from the former world No.1, Charlie said: My dad told me to stay patient. Play steady golf. Focus on each shot. Don’t look too far ahead and just stay in the game.”