Tiger Woods in crazy form ahead of golf comeback as Justin Thomas dad left stunned
Tiger Woods rushed to hospital following car accident
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Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf this weekend with his game in “crazy” shape. Woods, 45, will play alongside son Charlie at the Father/Son PNC Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando.
The two-day event will represent a first tournament for the 15-time major champion since his high-speed car crash in February, following which he underwent emergency surgery for multiple injuries in both legs.
The incident was duly investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, who deduced that Woods was driving over 80mph before he crashed, nearly twice the speed limit, but no charges were filed.
Woods was kept in hospital for a month after the crash, before returning to his South Florida home in mid-March where he continued to follow an extensive rehab programme.
It appeared doubtful whether the American would ever be able to compete again, although he remained involved in the sport, keeping regular contact with Team USA members during their emphatic Ryder Cup win over Europe in Wisconsin in September.
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And whilst he’s ruled out a full-time return to the PGA circuit, Woods has recently confirmed he intends to enter one-off events, and has teased an appearance at the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews next summer.
But this weekend, it will be team golf that he’s focussed on when he and 12-year-old son Charlie take part in the famous family tournament, that first began in 1995.
A year ago, it was another American golfer Justin Thomas, and his father Mike, who were crowned champions and on Friday, the latter joined Woods and his son for a practice round.
Thomas senior was left impressed, perhaps even shocked, at the way in which the legend was playing
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“It’s crazy how good he’s hitting – and far he’s hitting – for what he’s been through,” he told Bloomberg.
And Thomas that his planned return to the big stage may be ahead of schedule by adding “It’s impressive where he’s at.”
To be eligible, fathers need to have won a major championship or The Players Championship, dubbed the ‘fifth major’, while their sons must be at least old enough to attend middle school.
However, the youngsters cannot be a touring professional at the time of the tournament.
The duos will be competing for the Willie Park Trophy.
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