World No. 1 golfer Jon Rahm has tipped Tiger Woods ’ son Charlie to one day make it onto the PGA Tour, after the youngster’s impressive performance at last month’s PNC Championship took the golfing world by storm.
Woods Jr more than played his part in his legendary dad’s eagerly anticipated return to the golf course, as they joined forces to play the father-son event at the Ritz Carlton in Florida last month.
It was the 15-time major champion’s first public outing on a golf course since sustaining life changing injuries in a car crash 10 months prior in Los Angeles.
Understandably the golfing great and his prodigy son had all eyes fixated on their performance during the two-day event, and Team Woods more than delivered with a second place finish behind Team John Daly.
Following Charlie’s performance many began to speculate on whether the youngster could follow in the footsteps of his golfing great father, despite being just 12 years old.
One man who was more than impressed by Woods Jr’s performance is world No. 1 Rahm, and he has tipped the youngster to one day feature on the PGA Tour.
Speaking after Sunday’s final round at the Tournament of Champions the Spaniard said: “Tiger Woods’ son Charlie has got a lot of talent, certainly a lot more than I did at the age of 12.
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“If he keeps working hard, which I’m sure he will, I wouldn’t doubt one second we’ll see him one day maybe sitting here [on the PGA Tour].”
Rahm’s comments came after more than playing his part in a remarkable final round battle in Hawaii on Sunday, after he was just edged out by Australian Cameron Smith to the Tournament of Champions title.
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Eventual champ Smith recorded a PGA Tour record as he carded an incredible -34 over the four days, which pipped Ernie Els’ -31 at the 2003 Mercedes Championship as the lowest 72-hole score in the Tour’s history.
Remarkably Rahm also broke Els’ record as he shot a magnificent -33, however it wasn’t enough to pick up his seventh PGA Tour win.
Rahm was not the only one to break the record but still not come away with the title in Hawaii, as Matt Jones carded -32 for the tournament to finish in third.
Discussing what it was like to miss out on the title, but better a long-standing Tour record, the Spaniard said: “It’s kind of weird when you look forward in the records that there’s two of us that beat that score and lost by one and two.
So, you know, I know we did a really good job and we shot low, but I think those 30- and 31-unders deserve a lot more credit than my 33-under.”