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Move back, young man

This change just made it harder for Tiger Woods and Charlie Woods to win the PNC Championship

December 15, 2022
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Sam Greenwood

You can't legally bet on the PNC Championship, but if you could, Tiger Woods and Charlie Woods would certainly be one of the favorites coming off a runner-up to Team Daly last year. A last-minute wrinkle this year, however, is going to make Team Woods' path to victory a lot tougher—and longer.

On Wednesday, Golf Channel's Todd Lewis reported that the 13-year-old Charlie is moving back not one, but two tee boxes for this week's competition. It's probably the correct and fair move considering Woods said Charlie recently outdrove him, but it's also going to make shooting a two-day total of 25 under again more challenging.

As you can see, Charlie still won't be playing the tips like his dad, but he'll be playing from the same tees as senior pros like John Daly and Vijay Singh as well as LPGA star Nelly Korda. That's a lot of respect for the young man!

But it also could have an effect on his old man. A familiar sight during last year's tournament was Tiger watching Charlie tee off first up ahead and then not even bothering to hit his own drive before hopping back in a golf cart. The two reeled off a tournament record 11 consecutive birdies during the final round. Now they might need to use Tiger's tee shots more. Meaning more exertion for the 15-time major champ battling plantar fasciitis among other physical ailments as he nears his 47th birthday at the end of the month.

Lewis said in a later tweet that Charlie will be playing from the tees measuring 6,754 yards on the card at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club's Lakes Course in Orlando. The course tips out at more than 7,100 yards.

The PNC Championship may be part of golf's unofficial silly season, but its participants still want to win prize money and bragging rights. At the very least, though, those playing this week are bound to make amazing memories—regardless of what tees they play from.

UPDATE: Apparently, the tournament committee has changed its mind:

Technically speaking Charlie is playing from the same tees as a year ago, although the yardage will be slightly longer, which seems like a fair compromise. He is only 13 after all. And thus ends #Teegate. We think. For now.