Tiger Woods reveals the most important lesson from Earl that he’s shared with Charlie

Tiger Woods and Charlie Woods eventually 12 months’s PNC Championship.

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“I’m curious. , your dad taught you. Is there anybody ‘should’ that you simply needed to inform Charlie that your dad taught you up to now. I’m simply sort of curious if there’s one or two issues there that you simply simply need Charlie to know and perceive.” 

Good one, proper? Credit score to Paul Azinger, who prodded Tiger Woods, Charlie’s dad and Earl’s son, for one thing possibly we’ve all sort of puzzled lately. For years, we’ve tried to extract the nuggets that the 15-time main champion has employed from his dad, his “pop.” However, now, possibly that is higher: What has Woods picked and choosed for his personal son, who’s growing his personal sport and has been one of many stars over the previous couple years throughout the PNC Championship, a significant champion-child occasion that may once more tee off on the finish of the month, and can once more embody Tiger and Charlie?

No, the lesson wasn’t concerning the grip or the stance. 

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Or concerning the driver, or the irons, or the putter. 

Although, the recommendation applies to all. 

Simply two sentences.

“No. 1, indubitably, you get out what you place into it,” Tiger Woods stated Thursday on Golf Channel. “And don’t anticipate any outcomes when you don’t put any work into it.” 

“Nice. that’s nice recommendation,” Azinger stated. “I imply, you’re going to get out of it what you place in.” 

Woods expanded on it. 

“Yeah, this isn’t handed to you,” he stated. “You bought to go earn it. And you bought to go earn it daily. This isn’t one thing that’s given to you. You bought to hit these million putts earlier than you grow to be a superb putter. You bought to hit these pictures on the vary. You bought to have the ability to go on the market and do it. Nobody’s going to do it for you. You bought to go do it for your self.”

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Woods was within the Golf Channel sales space as a part of his internet hosting duties for this week’s Hero World Problem. He’s out this week — he withdrew on Monday attributable to plantar fasciitis in his proper foot, and that comes on the heels of a number of surgical procedures in his proper leg — however he’s very a lot on the property at Albany Golf Membership. And for almost an hour on Thursday, he dished on, in no explicit order, Justin Thomas, Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, Tommy Fleetwood, Tom Kim, Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland and Max Homa, who’re all enjoying within the occasion. 

However presumably the very best perception came to visit questions on his son. Although the elder Woods is benched this week, he has stated he expects to play within the PNC. 

“Tiger, how is Charlie’s sport?” analyst John Wooden requested Woods on the printed. “That’s what all people’s questioning proper now with the PNC arising.” 

“Oh, it’s getting higher,” Woods stated. “It’s getting rather a lot higher. He’s beginning to be taught and ask the fitting questions. I believe that’s the important thing to attempt to get a bit of higher.” 

Azinger requested a notable follow-up:

“Is that it, you assume, asking the fitting questions, extra so than getting the fitting recommendation?” 

“I believe so as a result of when you ask the fitting questions, you’re coming from the route of I’m attempting to grasp it,” Woods stated. 

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Towards the tip of Woods’ time within the sales space, the printed crew needed to learn about distraction methods, one other reported Earl transfer — that his son has used on his son. We noticed it firsthand even. GOLF’s James Colgan wrote this, from final 12 months’s PNC:

Charlie stood to Tiger’s left, rolling putts as he labored on his placing stroke. Because the youthful Woods took a follow stroke, his father yanked his personal putter and started strolling in his route. Lastly, Charlie addressed his ball, pulled again his putter and wham — Tiger tossed a ball proper by way of the middle of Charlie’s line of imaginative and prescient. Charlie, to his credit score, was unperturbed by the interplay, rolling a clear putt straight by way of the realm the place his dad’s ball had simply ricocheted by way of.   

On Thursday’s broadcast, Azinger needed to know if Woods was nonetheless at it together with his son. 

“Do you mess with Charlie on a few of these distraction-like little methods?”

“It’s nonstop,” Woods stated. “No, it’s nonstop.” 

“Actually?” Azinger stated. 

“It’s attempting to get him — if I can get into his head, which means another person can get in his head,” Woods stated. “It’s getting to some extent the place I can’t get in his head after which nobody else can get in there, both. That’s what my dad believed in.”

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“We’ve seen some examples of him attempting to get into different peoples’ heads on the PNC,” announcer Dan Hicks stated, a reference to a few of the forwards and backwards between Charlie and Justin Thomas, a Woods household good friend.   

“You bought to be prepared to have the ability to take it, completely,” Woods stated. 

On the course, Collin Morikawa, who completed as one of many first-round co-leaders, tapped in a birdie. Woods then continued.    

“Zing can attest to this. I imply, you performed within the period the place sure gamers, as you understand — the place not going to say anyone — however sure gamers would do sure issues with golf equipment and footwear and timing, try to get in your head.” 

“Would you care to say some names, Zing?” Hicks requested. 

“We’re not going there,” Woods stated, “however, sure, that was nonetheless prevalent once I got here out right here, and a number of these guys don’t learn about any of that stuff, however folks did that stuff.”.  

“Gamesmanship was an enormous a part of it,” Azinger stated. “And you understand, it was sort of that previous period, the ’50s, ’60s sort of.” 

“That’s appropriate,” Woods stated. 

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