If there was any doubt that we’ve transitioned into a new stage of Tiger Woods’ pro golf career, this week answered in a quietly emphatic way. Woods was not on hand in Charlotte, where American golf’s brightest minds and best players were busy at the Presidents Cup.
Woods was involved, rest assured, but from afar, weighing in on pairings and matchups over the phone, just as he provided remote inspiration from during the U.S.’s victorious Ryder Cup run last year.
Instead of being on-site in North Carolina, Woods was actually with his family, following around his son, Charlie, at a 36-hole qualifier for the Notah Begay III Junior Golf National Championship. And, it appears, helping lead Charlie to plenty of success. The 13-year-old carded a four-under 68 Sunday, the lowest score of his career.
We wouldn’t be so quick to associate Woods with his son’s success, but Charlie did it himself. Speaking in an interview with Ryan Burr, broadcaster and part owner of the Notah Begay event, Charlie was asked: “Yesterday ends, today starts a new day. How did you reset and come out and play such stellar golf?”
That yesterday Burr was referencing was a first-round 80 that placed him in the middle of the field.
“Well, Dad told me to stay patient,” Charlie said. “Just play steady golf. Just stay patient, play, focus on each shot, don’t look too far ahead. Stay in the game.”
It’s sound advice for anyone in tournament golf, whether it’s coming from Tiger Woods or your 15-handicap golf buddy. And, no, we’re not treating this like it’s a major championship. It’s merely a qualifier in central Florida for a junior national championship where Tiger Woods could impart some lessons on his teenage son.
Charlie didn’t advance to the main event, but he did nearly make an albatross as well as nearly pull off an epic comeback. Tiger followed along in a cart all weekend, as parents are permitted to do, and helped guide Charlie whenever needed.
“That was awesome,” Charlie said having his father in his corner. “I couldn’t have done it without him. Like some shots, I would have been so off. But he steered me in the right course.”
In an odd way, this time of the calendar year has become one where Woods is the most publicly visible. The last two years we’ve seen him and Charlie take part in the PNC Championship, an event where major champions pair up with their sons, daughters or parents, competing over 36 holes in a team event in Orlando.
No gambling. No doping. Only moderate alcohol consumption at post-tournament parties.
The new LIV Golf circuit might look like a lot of fun (and money), but the Greg Norman-fronted tour also has plenty of rules and regulations.
The rules and regulations were among the unsealed documents that were released by a federal court in California on Monday. On Sept. 1, U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman partially granted the PGA Tour's motion to unseal certain portions of LIV Golf's rules and regulations and its contracts with players. She ruled that LIV Golf could keep the financial terms and other personal information confidential, but ordered the plaintiffs to submit publicly redacted documents.
Here are some of the highlights:
Golfers who play well can extend their contracts
Mentions of an anti-doping policy
LIV golfers can be fined up to $50,000
LIV Golf owns players' on-course media rights
Injured players still get paid
Disqualified players can still participate in team competitions
There's no gambling on the LIV Golf circuit
Retired LIV golfers still have to work
LIV Golf wants to grow the game
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