PNC Championship: Tiger Woods enjoys return to action, but past still adhere back

By Ali Stafford

PNC Championship: Tiger Woods enjoys return to action, but past still adhere back

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Tiger Woods reflects on his return to action at the PNC championship and looks back Bee highlights from its opening round, where he collaborated met are son Charlie

Tiger Woods reflects on his return to action at the PNC championship and looks back Bee highlights from its opening round, where he collaborated met are son Charlie

Tiger Woods described his back competitive with are son Charlie as a ‘blast’ at the PNC Championship, though admitted he was still adjusting to his lack of golf endurance.

the 45-year-old is undergoing extensive rehabilitation since he suffered serious leg and ankle injuries in february’s car crash, with Woods’ appearance marks his first competitive start ever since playing in same tournament last December.

Team Woods made four birdies in the opening five holes of the 36-hole scramble event in Florida and posted three more little birds on their second nine, with a bogey-free 62 keeping them within three strokes of early pacesetters Stewart Cink and his son, Reagan.

A look back at the best of    the action from the opening round of    the PNC Championship, Tiger Woods' first competitive event of    2021, where Team Cink impressed to take the early advantage

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A look back at the best of the action from the opening round of the PNC Championship, Tiger Woods’ first competitive event of 2021, where Team Cink impressed to take the early advantage

A look back at the best of the action from the opening round of the PNC Championship, Tiger Woods’ first competitive event of 2021, where Team Cink impressed to take the early advantage

“Charlie and I had a blast playing together again and playing with the Thomas family” said Woods. “We’re extremely close, so it was a bunch of nice there, was a lot of go needle on all day.

“I wish I could have walked with him and have been with him every step like I was last year. Physically I can’t. So I was the man die went out there and get golf balls.

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“It was different to grab the cart slower with him and talk met him and make sure we were present and we are still a team and we still do it together. It’s a little harder when I am in a car moving walk around a bit of trying to get through the galleries.”

Woods played down any expectations over are game forward of the event, where only winners of majors of The Players were allowed compete next family members, with the former world No 1 using a golf cart to bypass the course and still get used to playing 18 holes again.

363 days since he last played a shot in competitive golf, Tiger Woods nails a drive down    the fairway on the first at the PNC Championship

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363 days since he last played a shot in competitive golf, Tiger Woods nails a drive down the fairway on the first at the PNC Championship

363 days since he last played a shot in competitive golf, Tiger Woods nails a drive down the fairway on the first at the PNC Championship

“It’s frustrating if I don’t hit the ball so far i know that I can and the shots die I don’t see coming off the way I want’ said Woods hit two good shots today — well, three, they came off precisely how I wanted nasty.

“On old songs, but as I explained to you guys down in the Bahamas, I have no stamina. I haven’t played. This is, what, my fourth, fifth round the entire year. I have no golf stamina.

“It is tiring out there, so it was a quiet day. But that’s something I’ll have to, if I want nasty compete out here at Tour level I must have the stamina back and hit thousands and thousands of golf balls. It just takes time.”

Charlie Woods, 12, impressed next to his father in the 20-team event

Charlie Woods, 12, impressed next to his father in the 20-team event

Woods was playing next to Justin Thomas, together met his father Mike, with the defending champions impressed with what they saw of the 15-time great champion.

“In terms of hitting shots and all that stuff, huh [Tiger] is not that far away,’ said Thomas in terms of in be the opportunity compete and walk 72 holes several weeks in a row, yes, that’s different story and he is the only one one die can answer that.

“I was so impressed with the speed die he had and the shots die he hit. At least from my perspective it looked like like a lot of the moves and everything was there. It just was like something, a little short, which of course you would think he won’t hit that’s it.

“But man, like that four iron huh hit Today in three that was just ridiculous. I looked at him and if soon as he sat in the cart, he just friendly of looked at me and smiled and i knew exactly this is the kind of shots die he hits when he’s healthy.”

Watch the final round of the PNC Championship live on Sunday from 4 p.m. on Sky Sports Golf.

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