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Charlie Woods, Tiger Woods’ 15-year-old son, fails to advance in U.S. Open qualifier

In Sports
April 26, 2024

Charlie Woods fell short in his attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open on Thursday.

Woods, the 15-year-old son of Tiger Woods, shot a 9-over 81 in the first stage of qualifying for the major championship at a local qualifying event at the Legacy Golf & Tennis Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Woods had four bogeys and three double-bogeys in his round, with just a single birdie.

He needed to finish inside the top five to advance into the final qualifier. The leaders after the early wave were sitting at 3-under, well ahead of Woods.

U.S. Open qualifying is incredibly tough each year, and it leads up to “Golf’s Longest Day,” when 36-hole, single-day tournaments across the country determine the final qualifiers ahead of the major championship. Thursday’s qualifier in which Woods participated was one of 109 tournaments held across the country.

Last year, according to The Washington Post, only 64 of the 878 golfers who made it to the final qualifier actually earned a spot in the U.S. Open.

Charlie Woods shot a 9-over 81 in the first stage of U.S. Open qualifying on Thursday in Florida.

Charlie Woods shot a 9-over 81 in the first stage of U.S. Open qualifying on Thursday in Florida. (Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Charlie Woods attempted to qualify for a PGA Tour tournament earlier this year, though he posted a 16-over for the Cognizant Classic and did not make it in. A group of fans harassed him repeatedly throughout that event, too. Woods has played alongside his father in the past several PNC Championships, which is the annual parent-child event held by the Tour and the PGA Tour Champions. He also helped lead his high school to a state championship in Florida last year.

Tiger Woods competed at the Masters earlier this month, where he finished at 16-over par for what was his worst 72-hole score of his professional career. He did make the cut for a 24th straight time at Augusta National, however, which set the all-time record. Tiger now turns his attention to the PGA Championship next month at Valhalla Country Club.

Tiger, who has won the U.S. Open three times in his career, does not technically have an exemption into this year’s tournament at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, though he is sure to receive a special exemption.

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