SO UNLUCKY:Had he been successful, Charlie would’ve been in the field competing against the likes of world number three Rory McIlroy. 

Paige Spiranac has come to the defence of Tiger Woods’ teenage son Charlie, 15, who failed in his bid to make his first ever PGA Tour start.

 

Paige Spiranac has called for Tiger Woods’ teenage son Charlie to be left alone.

The 15-year-old son of the golf legend attempted to get into the Monday qualifier for the Cognizant Classic in Palm Beaches.

But it wasn’t to be for Charlie as he returned a scorecard for a 16-over 86.

He was competing in one of four pre-qualifiers, with the top 25 advancing into next Monday’s qualifier for the PGA Tour event.

Had he been successful, Charlie would’ve been in the field competing against the likes of world number three Rory McIlroy.

Charlie’s scorecard saw him finish well outside the qualification spaces in the event at Lost Lake in Florida.

According to a report by the Palm Beach Post, Charlie was subjected to some appalling behaviour from the spectators who turned up to watch.

Charlie was reportedly hounded for autographs, with one allegedly demanding he sign a copy of his father’s book.

Reacting to the coverage, Paige wrote on X: “How about we let Charlie Woods develop his game without constant media coverage.

“Golf is mentally challenging enough without all the added eyeballs on him and pressure.”

Paige has admitted before she struggled to make a career as a professional golfer on the LPGA Tour owing to the difficulties with pressure.

“I did one year of playing golf professionally, and I was just mentally exhausted,” she previously said in an Instagram Q&A.

“In golf, you fail more than you succeed, and I was doing that in the public eye. Everyone was telling me, ‘You should quit. You should give up.'”

Paige said her attempts to play the game professionally led to her struggling financially.

She hasn’t looked back since turning her attentions to a career in social media.

As for Charlie, despite his showing in Florida he has had an impressive start to his junior career.

Predominantly, he plays on the Hurricane Junior Tour and Junior PGA South Florida Tour.

Just like his dad, he secured one victory with a dominant winning margin of 15 shots.

He also for 17th in the boys’ 14-15 division at last year’s Notah Begay III Junior Golf National Championship.

Charlie was also part of the Benjamin School’s boys team that secured a national championship last November.

That gave Charlie bragging rights over his father, who never won a state championship when he was growing up.

Still, he’s got a ways to go to catch up with Tiger’s haul of 15 majors and 82 PGA Tour wins.

 

Gideon Canice

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