Even if you know nothing about golf, you know Tiger Woods. He’s won 15 major championships, earned a mind-bending 82 PGA Tour victories (which ties him for the most PGA Tour victories of all time) and, in 2019, he was awarded the highest civilian honor in the United States: a Presidential Medal of Freedom. He’s had a lot of accomplishments and success over the years, but there’s one more thing he’s got: two beautiful kids—and one of them, Woods’ son Charlie, plays golf, too!
“Everybody is stopping to watch Charlie,” Irish golfer Padraig Harrington said in 2020 about the Woods family‘s latest golf prodigy. “[It’s like] ‘move out of the way Tiger.’ It is incredible the buzz it’s created.’’ Charlie Axel Woods tipped his feet into the fame pool that year by getting involved in competitions for the first time publicly, and the 12-year-old is catching a lot of attention whenever he goes on the green.
Why? Turns out, he’s really good. “It’s not just disgusting how good Charlie Woods is at golf at just 12 years old, but also how much swagger this kid has,” said one writer last year. Charlie won a nine-hole junior tournament for kids in August 2020 by five strokes—dad performed caddy duties for him!—then followed that up with another win two weeks later by three strokes.
He played his first 18-hole game with his dad in the PGA Championship at the end of that year, feeling comfortable enough to leave a trash talking note for golfer Justin Thomas (who ended up winning with his dad). While they placed seventh in 2020, they tried again in December 2021 and took second place.
“Tiger Woods’ son Charlie has got a lot of talent, certainly a lot more than I did at the age of 12,” said the current No. 1 in the world, Jon Rahm, in December 2021. “If he keeps working hard, which I’m sure he will, I wouldn’t doubt for one second we’ll see him one day maybe sitting here [on the PGA Tour].” People are already betting on Charlie’s chances to win a major tournament.
Keep reading to find out everything we know about Tiger Woods’ son, Charlie Woods, including how much Charlie is like his dad, how he’s already making history and what his future may hold.
Is Charlie Woods related to Tiger Woods?
Charlie is Tiger Woods’ only son. He is a lot like his dad, so much so that the PGA Tour even compiled a video about all the mannerisms he and Woods share.
Who are golfer Charlie Woods’ parents?
So if the hugely successful Tiger is his dad, who is Charlie’s mom? It’s Elin Nordegren, Woods’ ex-wife. She is Swedish by birth, and she’s the reason Charlie can speak Swedish as well as English. Nordegren married Woods in October 2004 and welcomed Charlie’s older sister, Sam Alexis, in 2007. Charlie was born in 2009, and the next year, Woods’ cheating scandal was splashed across all the newspapers. Nordegren filed for divorce soon afterward.
Today, luckily, the two have been able to co-parent in a way that allows the kids to be comfortable. Woods says he’s been honest with the kids about why they’re not all living in the same house. “I’ve said, ‘Everybody makes mistakes, and the reason why Mommy’s living in her house and Daddy’s living in his house is because Daddy made mistakes, and it’s OK,’” Woods explained in an interview. “I’ve taken the initiative with the kids and told them upfront.”
Woods says he and his ex get along better than they ever have–because they’ve got to raise their kids. “We have Sam and we have Charlie. And we love them so much that we are going to do whatever it takes to make that work,” he explained to Stephen Colbert in 2015. “We communicate so much better now, it’s incredible. I wish we would have done that earlier on, but it’s been incredible to have a best friend like that.”
It might have helped that the parents have also moved on romantically. Nordegren had another son in 2019 with former NFL star Jordan Cameron, while Woods is dating Erin Herman these days; the one-time bartender at his Florida restaurant is now director of operations there.
How old is Tiger’s son Charlie?
Charlie was born on February 8, 2009, which means he’ll be entering his teenage years as of 2022!
When did Charlie Woods first play golf?
With a golf star for a dad, you’d think Charlie started playing golf as soon as he started walking—and indeed, there’s a video of him taking a swing at the age of 4.
Still, Woods said in 2020 that his son was just “starting to get into it. He’s starting to understand how to play. He’s asking me the right questions… I’ve kept it competitive with his par, so it’s been just an absolute blast to go out there and just, you know, be with him. It reminds me so much of me and my dad growing up.”
Did Tiger Woods and Charlie win?
In December 2021, the two competed in the PNC Championship together for the second time. However, Tiger’s ability to play had been affected by the car accident he was involved in back in February 2021. His injuries were so serious that at one point he thought he’d lose a leg.
Still, Woods said he’d go, and raved about the “unbelievable player and unbelievable partner” he son was. At the end, Team Woods was in second place, losing only to John Daly and his college-aged son, John Daly II. The two didn’t seem disappointed, though.
“I think it’s just being able to have the bonding experience of being out there with Charlie,” Woods said afterwards. “Unfortunately this year has been very hard, and I haven’t been able to play at all until — this would be probably my second or third round this year. It’s been a long year.” Woods said it’s still worthwhile even if he wasn’t at the top of his game. “Just the fact that I’m able to play and have this experience with him and watch him, watch him hit shots or encourage him to hit shots, where to think—that’s one thing I can do, I can think my way around the golf course,” he explained. “I may not be able to execute it, but I can help strategize some of his shots, how to hit it, things of that nature and make sure that he’s in his little bubble and he’s having fun.”
How many birdies did Charlie Woods make?
In true Woods fashion, the duo made history at that December 2021 tournament–even without winning. Charlie was the youngest player in the history of the championship (which includes golfers and one person of their choosing). That’s not all; between the two, Charlie and his dad made 11 birdies in a row, setting a tournament record.
Does Charlie Woods want to play golf?
Charlie’s great at the game; even his father envies certain moves of his. “I analyze his swing all the time,” Tiger told Golf TV in 2020. “I wish I could rotate like that and turn my head like that and do some of those positions, but those days are long gone, and I have to relive them through him.”
But does Charlie want to go pro? It’s too soon to tell right now. Unlike many celeb parents, neither of Charlie’s parents have a social media presence, and they’ve kept him away from talk shows and interviews. There are reports that Nordegren worries that Woods is pressuring him into the golf life; she doesn’t want her famous ex to suffocate their son or pressure him too much but Tiger says he’s only encouraging him and that the choice is ultimately his.
“I don’t know. It depends how bad he wants it,” Woods said in 2020. “It’s all on him. I wanted it at a very, very early age. I wanted to compete and play in this game. That’s on him—whether he wants it or not.”