Tiger Woods celebrated his win at Sunday’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by embracing his son Charlie, marking a rare public appearance by the youngest member of the Woods family.
Charlie Woods, 4, was on hand at Firestone Country Club to watch his father shoot an even-par 70 at the tournament’s final round, earning a seven-shot victory over defending champion Keegan Bradley and fellow contender Henrik Stenson, Yahoo Sports notes. Woods was dominant all weekend, finishing the WBC-Bridgestone Invitational at -15 under to earn his 79th career PGA Tour win.
Immediately after his win, Woods walked over to embrace Charlie on the 18th green, smiling as he carried his son off the course. “That’s an image that we’ve not seen, and that is extraordinary because it shows the connection and bond he has with his kids,” an announcer remarked about the meeting. “We’re not used to seeing Tiger Woods as a father.”
“He’s [Charlie] never seen me win in person,” a triumphant Woods told Golf Channel after the win. “Sam [daughter Sam Alexis, 6] was there at the U.S. Open in ’08. She doesn’t really remember it but she likes watching video of it. But [Charlie’s] never been around when I’ve won a tournament so this was special for both of us and one that I think hopefully he’ll remember.”
Woods has endeavored to keep children Charlie and Sam out of the public eye in the years since his infamous 2010 divorce from former wife Elin Nordegren, USA Today notes. Charlie’s appearance at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational allowed the public to catch a rare glimpse of Woods’ young son.
Last weekend’s win at Firestone marked a return to form for the once-dominant Woods. The 37-year-old golfer shot a round of 61 on Friday, establishing a massive lead that he never relinquished. Woods has now won the WBC-Bridgestone Invitational eight times, and earned a $1.5 million paycheck in the process.