Charlie Woods, 15, bombarded by rowdy fans as qualifying attempt for PGA Tour event falls short

Charlie Woods was competing in a pre-qualifying event for next week’s Cognizant Classic.

 

Charlie Woods got a taste of what’s to come if he ever does make it onto the PGA Tour during a pre-qualifying event on Thursday.

 

Tiger Woods’ son has been making steady progress with his own golf career over the years and helped his high school team win a state championship last year.

 

The Woods father-and-son duo have also featured at the popular PNC Championship four times.

 

But Charlie had an opportunity this week to make the gigantic step up to compete on the PGA Tour.

 

The 15-year-old was in the field at Lost Lake Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida, for the pre-qualifying event at the Cognizant Classic.

 

 

With only a handful of spaces available, it was always going to be a tall order as he was also up against seasoned pros.

 

And the teenager’s bid to advance to a final qualifying event on Monday ultimately fell short as he shot 16-over par to finish with a round of 86.

 

Charlie had to contend with a growing following throughout his round with some spectators overstepping the mark at times.

 

According to the Palm Beach Post, a wayward drive on the fifth hole led to ‘several fans hoping to grab a souvenir from the bushes’.

 

The nuisances continued throughout the round and he wasn’t helped by the lack of a rope around the course to keep spectators back.

 

Tournament officials are said to have made repeated calls for spectators who were walking very close to Woods to get back on the cart path.

 

 

One person in attendance is reported to have asked an official trying to protect Charlie: “Who are you? The fire marshal?”

 

More than 50 fans ended up following Charlie as he made the turn onto the back nine.

 

Another encounter saw one spectator attempt to get the teenager’s autograph in a copy of his father’s book, “How I Play Golf”.

 

An official is said to have intervened to inform the person that it wasn’t allowed, who then kicked up a fuss while Charlie was teeing off.

 

 

It’s reported that Charlie had a two-man security detail walking alongside him, which included a Martin County sheriff’s deputy.

 

Charlie was seemingly able to remain positive after his round as he was heard joking to his caddie, “That was some round, huh?”.

 

His father’s influence was clear to see on his bag though as a ‘Tiger’ headcover was used for his driver.

 

 

While Charlie clearly has aspirations of one day following in the footsteps of his famous father, Tiger isn’t putting any pressure on his son’s shoulders.

 

He said back in 2022: “I want him to learn from everything, but also I want to protect him from all of this.

 

“You know, the environment. Especially in this day and age, when I grew up there were no camera phones, no videos and stuff.

 

“I try to shoo people away. Let him enjoy. Don’t put any pressure on him.”

 

 

Gideon Canice

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