Tiger looking healthy, Charlie hitting BOMBS and everything else you missed from Team Woods’ Friday PNC Pro-Am

Tiger looking healthy, Charlie hitting BOMBS and everything else you missed from Team Woods’ Friday PNC Pro-Am

ORLANDO — Thursday at the PNC Championship was about as chill as it gets when it comes to a professional golf event. Then, on Friday, Tiger and Charlie Woods arrived.

While the mob scene made the vibe decidedly less chill, you wouldn’t know it by the way Tiger was carrying himself. The man was all smiles, soaking in every second of another week of competing with his son.

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The real competition doesn’t begin until Saturday, when Team Woods and Team Thomas (Justin and father Mike) tee off at 8:22 am ET. Tee times were moved up in the hope of getting in the first round as soon as possible, as there is some bad weather looming for the entire weekend. Friday’s wind-blown pro-am was still action-packed, though. Below is everything you may have missed.

As is tradition, Woods’ arrival to any property is akin to the arrival of a sitting president. The PGA Tour captured footage of Tiger and Charlie making their way out of the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club parking lot and on to the putting green, both in long sleeves on a chilly Florida morning. Tiger was wearing his classic black Nike sweater and TW logo’d hat, which made it really start to sink in that this could be the final week we see the 15-time major champion in Nike gear. That rumor has only continued to gain steam with Charlie donning a Greyson pullover on Friday. You know who else wears Greyson apparel? Tiger’s best bud, Justin Thomas. The hints are all there, folks.

While bouncing from the putting green to the chipping area to the range, Tiger received bear hug after bear hug from some old friends and fellow golf legends. It started with his old pal Mark O’Meara, then Annika Sorenstam, and then Steve Stricker. It felt like a nice little reunion of sorts. Each time Tiger lit up with a smile. He also had some really cool moments with Sorenstam’s son, Will McGee, with whom he hit a few chips, and John Daly’s son/clone, John Daly II. Daly Sr. was nowhere to be found on the range, which caused Tiger to tell Little John, “Man, all you got to do is show up on time,” as a little jab at his pops.

• Tiger and Charlie’s warmup session was truly a sight to behold, but there was no better moment than when they were each working on mega flop shots from just off the green at the chipping area. It’s hard to describe to regular people just how impossible hitting that type of shot is on dormant Bermuda grass, and Team Woods made them look effortless. In fairness, they both play a little bit down here in Florida, not to mention they are both OK at golf. One Charlie high lobber caused Tiger to say “we’re ending on that, that was f—ing NASTY.” As good as it gets content-wise.

• Tiger’s walk 

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