Just before Christmas, Tiger Woods and his son Charlie hit the headlines after a 15 under par round
The effortless swing, the twist of the wrist, the trademark drop of the club, the cockiness and the pin-point accuracy – he may be only 12 years of age but Charlie Woods looks every bit as talented and exciting as his famous dad Tiger.
Just before Christmas the pair carded a 15-under par round at the PNC tournament in Orlando. But it wasn’t the 15-time Major winner who was trending on social media but his prepubescent son.
The golf world went wild at the prospects of having another Woods on the tour in the future.
While his seemingly inevitable rise to the top isn’t guaranteed, Charlie would follow in a long line of sports stars who have matches or surpassed their parent’s achievements
ERLING & ALF INGE HAALAND
His dad made a name for himself playing for Nottingham Forest and Leeds in the 1990s, but the Norwegian 21-year-old striker is one of the hottest properties in world football right now and can pretty much name his price whenever he wants to leave Borussia Dortmund.
Knocking in a goal a game for the German giants means that the world is now already asking which super club the star will move to next. He already has a whole host of records to his name, but our favourite is the fact that he won Bundesliga Player of the Month award after playing just 59 minutes.
MAX & JOS VERSTAPPEN You didn’t need to have a clue what was going on to get caught up in the F1 title race this year. Max versus Lewis was as box office as it gets and the Dutch 24-year-old won his first title in the most controversial of seasons. Love him or hate him, you have to admit that it is great to see someone else’s name on the trophy after Hamilton’s dominance in recent years.
Max’s dad has been by his side over the last few years but never quite made it in his own driving career. He had two podium finishes for Benetton and was the German Formula Three champion.
BERNARD & BERNARD BROGAN JNR Three All-Ireland medals and a goal in the “greatest game of all time” (the 1977 semi against Kerry) was always going to be a tough act to follow so it is fitting that his namesake is the son that eventually passed him out.
Bernard (Junior) has 13 Leinster titles, seven All-Irelands and four All Stars on his Dublin senior CV. Not to mention some of the most important goals and points in the county’s incredible decade. Special mention to older brother Alan, who has the same number of All-Ireland medals as his old man.
RUBY & TED WALSH Ruby is widely regarded as one of the most talented jockeys of all time and amassed 2,756 winners over two decades of racing. He simply has too many accolades and achievements to try to list here, but the 2005 Grand National on Hedgehunter and his 2011 ride on Kauto Star in the King George IV are among the best horse racing moments of all time.
His dad was no chump in the stirrups either, with back to back Champion Hurdles in Leopardstown at the start of the 1980s. He was an even more successful trainer and now works as a pundit.
JAMIE & HARRY REDKNAPP Most millennials will know Harry as that funny old geezer who won I’m A Celebrity, or who always offers interviews to reporters out of his car window on Transfer Deadline Day. But there was a time when Harry Redknapp was a decent midfielder for West Ham and Bournemouth.
His dashingly good looking son Jamie, on the other hand, was a footballing superstar for Liverpool in the 1990s and has gone on to be a TV star and pundit since hanging up his boots.
PAOLO & CESARE MALDINI
When your dad is a former AC Milan and Italy captain you are going to struggle to emulate his career, but Paolo Maldini had other ideas. The one-club man made 902 appearances for the Rossoneri, winning 26 trophies along the way including five Champions League medals.
Little did his dad, Cesare, know when he picked him for Italy’s U-21 team in 1986 what was about to happen to the defender’s career. It is the stuff of legend in a fickle world where players nowadays move from club to club chasing a pay cheque.
BRIAN & FRANK O’DRISCOLL He was an Irish international and highly respected doctor, but Frank’s legacy will now forever be ‘Brian’s dad’. He played for UCC, UCD and Connacht as out-half and then Leinster at centre. But his rugby career pales in significance compared to Brian who is, quite simply, the greatest player we have ever produced. Forty nine tries over 133 caps and some of the most exciting and important performances in recent Irish history means that the 42-year-old has a firm grip on his cult status.