UNBELIEVABLE:Charlie Woods, Tiger’s son, to compete in pre-qualifier for PGA Tour’s Cognizant Classic

UNBELIEVABLE:Charlie Woods, Tiger’s son, to compete in pre-qualifier for PGA Tour’s Cognizant Classic

Charlie Woods, Tiger’s son, to compete in pre-qualifier for PGA Tour’s Cognizant Classic

If Charlie Woods (left) qualifies for the PGA event at age 15, he’d beat his father, who made his PGA Tour debut at 16. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) (David Cannon via Getty Images)More

Charlie Woods, the 15-year-old son of 15-time major champion Tiger Woods, will begin his attempt to qualify for a PGA Tour event this week as he eyes being included in the field at the Cognizant Classic.

Charlie Woods will begin play on Thursday at Lost Lake Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida, one of four pre-qualifying sites. The top 25 players and ties from each site will advance to a final qualifying event on Monday. From there, four players will make it into the tournament, which will take place Feb. 29-March 3 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Should the younger Woods make it to the Cognizant Classic — formerly known as the Honda Classic — he will make his PGA Tour debut at 15 years, 21 days old, beating out his dad whose first start came at 16 years, 1 month and 28 days old at the 1992 Nissan Los Angeles Open at Riviera Country Club.

Charlie Woods has been in the golf spotlight for years, playing the last four PNC Championships with his father. On his own, this past fall he finished tied for 17th at the Notah Begay III Junior Golf National Championship and he later helped his high school golf team win a state title.

Along with Woods, PGA Tour pro Matt Kuchar’s 17-year-old son, Cameron, and Austin Lemieux, the 27-year-old son of Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, will be in the qualifying field.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Of course, the story of the week is about him. How fitting. He’s a book that can’t be put down.

Just so happens that Rory McIlroy is playing some of his best golf in years. He won his past two events, and he’s back at Valhalla, where he last won a major tournament 10 years ago. It’s a leggy golf course built to reward those who can mash drives a country mile. McIlroy tends to hit them about two miles.

“It’s all about confidence and momentum,” McIlroy said Wednesday, “and I have a lot of confidence and quite a bit of momentum.”

Yes, the year’s second major is at hand, and McIlroy, at long last, is perfectly tuned and has his swagger and …

Plot twist!

Why McIlroy chose this Monday of PGA Championship week to file for divorce from Erica Stoll, his wife of seven years, we may never know. McIlroy doesn’t want to talk about it. He was settling in for Wednesday’s pre-tournament press conference when a PGA rep announced to media members that McIlroy did not wish to comment on “his private life.” It was easy to know what that meant.

With most pro golfers, and most athletes in general, their “private life” of love and relationships wouldn’t be all that newsworthy.

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