Tiger Woods' son Charlie falls short in surprise qualification bid for PGA Tour

The 15-year-old son of the legendary golfer endured a tough day out.

Tiger Woods and his son Charlie and Charlie Woods hits a shot.
Tiger Woods' son, Charlie, failed to qualify for his first PGA Tour event at Palm Beach Garden after a tough day in pre-qualifying. (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods' son, Charlie, has unfortunately failed to qualify for his first PGA Tour event after a brutal round that ended his hopes of reaching the Palm Beach Garden event. There was plenty of hype around the son of the 15-time golf major winner who was aiming to reach a pre-qualifying event.

However, the 15-year-old shot 16-over par 86 in a frustrating day and will have to wait for a PGA Tour event debut. Unfortunately for Charlie, it was hole No.5 that ended his hopes of making a comeback.

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Charlie's 12 on a par-four meant the teen was scrambling for the rest of the day to salvage his score. He managed to par his next six holes as he did his best to stay with the field and put up a competitive total.

But things didn't get better after a brutal double bogey on the par-3 14th ended the youngster's dreams. The course was tough with three other players in the early groups over 11 over-par in their rounds.

Charlie was trying to eclipse his father's feat set in 1992 during his debut, but will have to wait. Woods was a 16-year-old amateur when he played his first US PGA Tour event at Riviera Country Club in 1992.

Woods won three-straight US junior amateur titles by 16 years old, before he received a sponsor exemption to play at Riviera. Charlie is trying to forge his own career in the golf world and many fans were on hand to rally around the 15-year-old who is receiving plenty more attention than the average amateur golfer in his situation. Golf experts offered words of encouragement to the teen who has shown promising signs as he looks towards the next event.

Tiger Woods withdraws from Genesis Invitational

Charlie's father also endured a brutal start to his golfing year. Woods was forced to withdraw from the Genesis Invitational after just six holes last Friday due to illness. It was a disappointing end to the American golf great's first PGA Tour event of the year and first official tournament since the Masters last April.

Charlie Woods lines-up a put.
Charlie Woods (pictured) hit a 16-over par at the pre-qualifying for The Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches at Lost Lake Golf Club. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) (Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The 48-year-old hit his tee shot on the seventh on Friday, before he asked for a cart to be brought out and was driven off the course by a rules official. PGA Tour official Mark Dusbabek said on the telecast that Woods had an illness, and his withdrawal was not related to his ankle or back.

Rob McNamara, his long-time associate and vice president of TGR Ventures, reported later that Woods felt flu symptoms on Thursday night, which became worse when he woke up. "He had a little bit of a fever and was better during the warm-up, but then when he got out there and was walking and playing, he started feeling dizzy," McNamara told a PGA Tour official.

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