Tiger Woods savoured an eighth WGC Invitational success and a 79th PGA Tour triumph on Sunday. But for his young son, Charlie, it was a first chance to see his father win.
Woods was observed arriving at the course near lunchtime and walking hand-in-hand with the four-year-old from the players car park to the Firestone clubhouse.
And Charlie was there when Woods walked off some hours later a seven-shot winner.
Woods said his daughter, Sam, is old enough to understand his profession, but for Charlie “it was the first win he’s ever been at.”
“That’s what makes it special for both of us. He’s never seen me win a golf tournament,” Woods said. “Sam was there when I won the US Open in ‘08, and she loves to look at the YouTube videos and look back to Daddy.”
But “Charlie’s never had that, never felt what it’s like to be with the trophy,” he added.
Woods said his children always ask “’Daddy, when are you going to win the tournament?’”
“So this week was nice to be able to get the lead and I held it, and it was awfully special for me to have (Charlie) here to witness it because he understands it now,” he said. “He understands when I make a birdie, when I make par, and he understands the difference. It’s awfully special to be able to share that kind of moment.”
As Woods now heads to the PGA Championship a red hot favorite to finally end a five-year major title drought, the world No. 1 said he won’t push his son into the game. “Charlie likes playing golfer, he likes going out there and giving it a hit,” Woods said. “It’s like what my dad did and that’s keep it fun. Go out there, no lessons, and just have fun.”
But Woods said he wouldn’t put any pressure on his son.
“Yes, it would be cool but I am not going to be pushing him and if he wants to do it, so be it,” he said. “If he wants to go and play another sport then that would be great, too.”