Tiger Woods' son Charlie qualifies for first USGA event at age 15 with 1-under 71

Tiger Woods' son Charlie qualifies for first USGA event at age 15 with 1-under 71


Charlie Woods walks to the 10th green during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament at Pinehurst No. 2.

Charlie Woods walks onto the 10th green during a practice round for the US Open golf tournament at Pinehurst No. 2. | Photo credit: USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

Charlie Woods advanced to a USGA championship for the first time on Wednesday when the 15-year-old son of Tiger Woods posted the top score in qualifiers for next month's U.S. Junior Amateur at Oakland Hills.

Charlie Woods overcame bogey-double bogey at Eagle Trace Golf Club to card a 1-under 71 in his qualifier, one of four players to qualify from this site.

“I didn't play well on the first two holes, but I played very well in the last 16 holes. I told myself I wouldn't make any more bogeys or doubles, and whenever I got good birdie chances, I took advantage of them,” Woods said.

Tiger Woods was 14 when he qualified for his first US Junior and reached the semifinals. Woods won his first US Junior Amateur a year later over 19 holes at Bay Hill. Woods is the only player to have won the US Junior three consecutive times.

Players must be under 19 years of age before the championship ends.

The U.S. Junior Amateur will be held July 22-28 at Oakland Hills in the Detroit suburbs. Woods will be one of 264 players who will go through 36 holes of stroke play on Oakland Hills' North and South courses to determine which 64 players advance to match play.

Tiger Woods is a nine-time USGA champion – three consecutive US Junior Amateur, three consecutive US Amateur and three US Open titles.

“The USGA means a lot to me,” said Charlie Woods. “I want to win a USGA championship and hopefully one day win the US Open.”



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