- Woman brought her granddaughter in hopes Charlie ‘might notice her’
- Charlie had a tough day on the course, shooting a 16-over round of 86.
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Charlie Woods attempted to qualify for his first PGA Tour event, but found himself fighting the gallery as much as the course he was playing on.
The 15-year-old shot an 86 while playing a pre-qualifying event at Lost Lake Golf Club in Florida in an attempt to make the field for the Cognizant Classic.
But while his score indicated a struggle with his play, the real struggle may have come with a large group of fans following him throughout the day.
As documented by Emilee Smarr of the Palm Beach PostUp to 50 fans followed the young Woods.
That included his mother, Elin Nordegren, who watched as Tiger was elsewhere.
A difficult day on the field for Charlie Woods was made even more complicated by a rowdy group of fans.
A group of about 50 people approached the 15-year-old at a qualifier for a PGA Tour event.
Charlie’s mother, Elin Nordegren, was one of the people who followed the young man everywhere.
Charlie shot eleven over the front nine and finished with a 16 over 86 for the round.
Charlie had trouble with his driver, including an early tee shot that went wide into the gross and sent fans running to try to grab the ball.
Eventually, they began making their way into the countryside, following it through the streets after officials told them to stick to the cart paths. A fan asked lightly: ‘Who are you? The fire chief?
Among the fans was a grandmother, “who found out that [Charlie] She was competing and pulled her granddaughter out of school in hopes Woods would notice her.
On the 12th hole, as Charlie walked away, another fan approached him and demanded that he sign a copy of his father’s book ‘How I Play Golf’. Smarr writes that when officials told the fan it wasn’t allowed, “she made a commotion of silences and shouts, including ‘I live here’ as Woods teed off on the 13th hole.”
Fortunately for Woods, things didn’t get any worse thanks to a two-man security team, including a local sheriff’s deputy.
Even other golfers found the crowd overwhelming. “It’s definitely the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen at a pre-qualifier,” said Charlie’s playing partner, former Tour pro Olin Browne Jr.
He told the PGA Tour website: “Charlie has a beautiful game of golf.” It’s difficult to come here and play a professional event at 15 years old. I think he behaved wonderfully. He didn’t have the best game out of him today, but he made some high-quality shots.”
On the field, it was a tough day for the young man. He shot an eleven-over 47 on the front nine and closed the back nine with a 39 for a 16-over round.