From father to son, Tiger Woods looking only for enjoyment

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Phelan M. Ebenhack

Tiger Woods, left, lines up a putt with his son Charlie on the 11th green during a practice round of the Father Son Challenge golf tournament, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Tiger Woods and his 11-year-old son were on the practice range together Thursday at the PNC Championship, and social media was blazing with how good Charlie's swing looked, right down to the club twirl.

What got the attention of Justin Thomas was competitive chirping.

He recalled a putting contest they had two years ago in Woods' backyard. Thomas said it was one of the few weeks he occupied the No. 1 world ranking.

“Charlie was leading going into the last hole,” Thomas said. “Charlie is mouthing off, ‘Here I am a 9-year-old beating the No. 1 player in the world and supposedly the best player of all time.’ He three-putted and I made it. Shut him up pretty quick.”

The next competition will be on national TV.

Woods and his son are among 20 teams in Orlando, Florida, for the PNC Championship that starts Saturday, a 36-hole event known for many years as the Father-Son Challenge. Moving with the times, players who won a major or The Players Championship can have sons, daughters and even fathers as their partners.

Woods is playing for the first time, turning a cozy December gathering into must-see TV.

Is the son too young for so much attention? It's all relative considering Woods was 2 when he made his TV debut on “The Mike Douglas Show.”