The PNC Championship, headlining the golf calendar this weekend, is usually nothing more than a low-key mid-December celebratory exhibition featuring parents and their kids getting a chance to play 36 holes of golf together. This year, though? Because a certain 15-time major winner is making his first public golf appearance in 12 months, this event has become one of the must-see tournaments of the year.
Tiger Woods made his return to the course on Saturday alongside his son, Charlie, and the duo impressed. Team Woods is firmly in contention heading into Sunday after shooting a 10-under 62. They sit three shots back of the leaders, Team Cink, who shot a 13-under 59 to open the action on Saturday.
So let's take a look at how you can watch all the action on Sunday in Orlando, as well as some relevant information pertaining to this unique event on the golf calendar.
Round 2 -- Sunday
Round starts: 9:45 a.m.
Early coverage: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. -- Peacock
Main broadcast: 1-4:30 p.m. on NBC
Live simulcast: 1-4:30 p.m. on fuboTV (Try for free) and NBCSports.com
Wait, what is this event?
The PNC Championship -- formerly the Father/Son Challenge -- has actually been around for a quarter of a century now, and it has a nice history. The vision for it was former major (or Players) winners teaming up with their sons to have a little family time and also compete against one another. Over the years, it has evolved from a father-son event into more of a general family festivity.
Some golfers play with their daughters. Some play with their grandsons. World No. 1 on the women's side, Nelly Korda, is playing with her father, former Australian Open (tennis) champion, Petr. There's little money at stake, but the two-person scramble is nonetheless an enjoyable family-friendly way for some of the best in the world to show off their skills for fans while making memories with their kids.
What is the format?
This is a true scramble in that both players tee off -- normally from different tee boxes -- and the best drive is taken. Then golfers both hit from that spot and the best approach shot is taken. This obviously leads to some ridiculous scores as the Thomas family -- Justin and Mike -- shot 62-57 last year to finish at 25 under and win by one over Vijay Singh and his son.
Who has won past events?
Raymond Floyd and his son, Raymond Floyd Jr., won the first three iterations of this event and the elder Floyd went on to win five of the first seven overall. Jack Nicklaus and his son have won here. Bernhard Langer has four titles. Larry Nelson has three. Stewart Cink, Davis Love III and David Duval all have titles as well.
Didn't Tiger play here last year?
He did! Last year's event marked both the first time it became apparent that Tiger was struggling with his back again (he had surgery in January) and also our introduction to Charlie, who was tremendous at golf and also a joy to watch play. Team Woods finished seventh in 2020.
Who is in the field this year?
This year's group spans from age 12 (Charlie) to age 86 (Gary Player). Here's a look at the 20 teams who will tee it up in Orlando this weekend.
- Rich Beem and Michael Beem
- Lee Trevino and Daniel Trevino
- Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara
- Matt Kuchar and Cameron Kuchar
- Nelly Korda and Petr Korda
- Nick Faldo and Matthew Faldo
- David Duval and Brady Duval
- Gary Player and Jordan Player
- Henrik Stenson and Karl Stenson
- Stewart Cink and Reagan Cink
- Tom Lehman and Sean Lehman
- Jim Furyk and Tanner Furyk
- John Daly and John Daly II
- Bubba Watson and Wayne Ball
- Justin Thomas and Mike Thomas
- Nick Price and Greg Price
- Padraig Harrington and Paddy Harrington
- Tom Watson and Michael Watson
- Tiger Woods and Charlie Woods
- Vijay Singh and Qass Singh
That's a total of 67 major championships among those 20 former or current professionals. A staggering collection of talent all collected in one event.
Wait, so Tiger?
Woods announced a week ago that he would play this event with Charlie, and that announcement came just one week after he said he didn't know when he would be ready for PGA Tour golf again. There was a metaphorical surrender -- at least in terms of contending at Tour events and majors -- when Woods spoke at the Hero World Challenge. And while this weekend's tournament is nowhere near a Tour event and certainly not anything in the realm of a major championship, Woods' body was still closer than he let on two weeks ago in the Bahamas where we heard him for the first time since his accident in February.
He said at the Hero that it was close to 50-50 that his right leg would have to be amputated. Now, he's playing a televised golf tournament with his son. I remain dubious about his future -- mostly because I think the fire has been quenched by his fifth back surgery in January as well as that car wreck -- but his appearance this weekend is something that should be celebrated. It's also somewhat ironic that, as my pal Dylan Dethier pointed out, Tiger might swing it better this time around than he did at this tournament last year.