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Tiger and Charlie Woods finish seventh at PNC Championship as Team Thomas claims the title

Golf great's 11-year-old son stole the show at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Grande Lakes

Tiger Woods and his 11-year-old son Charlie finished seventh at the PNC Championship on Sunday, with world No 3 Justin Thomas and his father and coach, Mike, winning the title at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida.

Team Thomas opened with seven consecutive birdies, and Mike drained a five-foot birdie putt on the 18th for a round of 15-under 57 in the scramble format. They earned a one-shot victory over Vijay Singh and son Qass in the annual winter team event that pairs a professional player with a family member.

Team Thomas finished 25-under in the two-day event, in which Woods was playing for the first time, paired with his son Charlie, who stole the show throughout the event with his a golf swing and mannerisms identical to his famous father.

They both wore Tiger's traditional Sunday red with black trousers, and the father-and-son team fired a second consecutive 10-under-par 62 to finish seventh.

Charlie is the youngest competitor in PNC Championship history. He flashed a Tiger-like fist pump after making a 10-foot birdie putt at No 10.

"It was incredibly special for us to have the opportunity to spend the quality time we had," Tiger said. "It's memories we'll have for our entire lives.

"It was special for both of us. He's not going to appreciate this at 11 years old. As the years go by, you start appreciating it more. I'm proud of how he handled everything."

Team Thomas posted eight birdies on the front side and seven on the back nine to win the $200,000 first prize.

"Wish every tournament was as fun as this one," Justin, a 13-time PGA Tour winner who was playing this event for the first time, posted on Instagram. "Love you pops. What a week!!"

Team Singh reeled off nine consecutive birdies, starting at No 2, in their 14th start at the PNC Championship since 2003.

Team O'Meara (Mark and son Shaun) and Team Trevino (81-year-old Lee and son Daniel) tied for third at 23-under. Lee Trevino is the only player to have competed in all 23 PNC Championships.

Team Kuchar, which paired Matt and his 13-year-old son, Cameron, tied for fifth at 22 under after holding the first-round lead at 14-under 58.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer finished tied with 12th at 17-under 127, playing alongside his daughter, Jackie.

The event used a scramble format that allows both team members to hit a tee shot and then select the preferred shot. This procedure continues until the hole is completed.

Updated: December 21, 2020 10:25 AM

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