Tiger Woods Returning to Golf in Father-Son PNC Championship Tournament

by Chris Haney

Almost 10 months after Tiger Woods’ rollover car crash in February, the PGA legend has announced his return to the golf course and will take part in the father-son PNC Championship Tournament.

Woods revealed that he and his 12-year-old son, Charlie, are officially signing up for next week’s annual tournament. Tiger and Charlie competed in the event last year, a first for the father-son duo. The pair finished the weekend in 7th place, but the family members stole the show on multiple occasions. Especially since young Charlie at times looked like a carbon copy of his famous dad on the golf course.

While Woods’ first return to tournament competition won’t be an official PGA Tour event, it’s a step in the right direction. Considering many questioned if the 15-time major champion would ever play again, it comes as great news for the golfing legend and his fans.

The 45-year-old pro golfer shared a short message on Twitter about he and his son’s inclusion in the PNC Championship, which begins on Dec. 16. Yet, he admitted it’s been a “challenging year” since his horrific car crash.

While in California, Woods was in a single-car accident that left him with comminuted open fractures in his right leg. He suffered such a bad leg break that doctors confirmed amputation was a possibility. However, surgeons performed a successful operation, and the golfer has been in recovery ever since. Now, Tiger Woods will finally make his much-anticipated return to the golf course with his son by his side.

“Although it’s been a long and challenging year, I am very excited to close it out by competing in the @PNCchampionship with my son Charlie. I’m playing as a Dad and couldn’t be more excited and proud,” Tiger Woods wrote on Twitter earlier this afternoon.

Tiger Woods Says ‘Being a Dad’ Fueled His Recovery Efforts

Tiger Woods’ return to competitive golf alongside his son Charlie couldn’t be more fitting. In October, a source close to Woods’ family opened up about how the golfer’s two children helped get him through his lengthy recovery. The source shared that he “lives for” his 14-year-old daughter, Sam, and her younger brother.

“Being a dad has helped him stay focused on his recovery,” the source told PEOPLE. “At times, it’s been very difficult for him both physically and mentally. His leg injuries caused him extreme pain. He is a fighter and has been determined to get better though.”

The source also gave an update to PEOPLE about how well Tiger Woods’ recovery had progressed at the time.

“He has worked very hard in physical therapy… He has had an incredible recovery,” they added.

Woods’ hard work in recovery has obviously paid off. We’ll see him and his son tee off for the second year in a row in Orlando, Florida at the PNC Championship next week.