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PNC Championship tee times: Tiger Woods and son draw anchor pairing

Tiger Woods at 2020 Masters
Injured Tiger Woods hasn’t hit a shot this year, and he almost certainly won’t, but that doesn’t knock him out of a multimillion-dollar payday in the PGA Tour’s new Player Impact Program.

The Woodses will play with Justin Thomas and his father, Mike, in the final group at the 20-team exhibition that begins Saturday

Golf fans will get to watch Tiger Woods one more time this year, but don’t expect to see the game face and steely exterior that has helped produce so much success on the PGA Tour.

It’s just not that kind of a tournament.

Woods and his 11-year-old son, Charlie, will make their debut in the PNC Championship, a two-day PGA Tour exhibition pitting 20 teams of former major champions or Players Championship winners with a family member. The tournament, using a scramble format, will be played Saturday and Sunday at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla.

Team Woods will be paired with the tournament favorites, Justin Thomas and his father, Mike, a club professional, at 11:48 a.m. Saturday (tee times).

Woods made only nine starts in 2020, with a season-best tie for ninth in January at the Farmers Insurance Open. He tied for 38th in his most recent appearance, four weeks ago at the Masters. Woods, who held the world’s No. 1 ranking for a record 683 weeks spanning 1997-2014, has slipped to No. 40.

Woods, who will turn 45 on Dec. 30, is not likely to compete again until next month at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, where he has logged eight of his record-tying 82 PGA Tour victories, notably the 2008 U.S. Open in a 19-hole playoff.

PNC Championship coverage will air Saturday and Sunday on NBC. The schedule (all times Eastern): Saturday: 1-2:30 p.m., Peacock; 2:30-5 p.m., NBC Sports Sunday: 2-3 p.m., Golf Channel; 3-6 p.m., NBC Sports

The field:
Mark Calcavecchia and son Eric
John Daly and son Little John
David Duval and son Brady
Jim Furyk and son Tanner
Padraig Harrington and son Paddy
Lee Janzen and son Connor
Tom Kite and son David
Matt Kuchar and son Cameron
Bernhard Langer and son Jason
Tom Lehman and son Sean
Greg Norman and son Gregory
Mark O’Meara and son Shaun
Gary Player and grandson James Throssell
Nick Price and son Greg
Vijay Singh and son Qass
Annika Sorenstam and father Tom
Justin Thomas and father Mike
Lee Trevino and son Daniel
Bubba Watson and father-in-law Wayne Ball
Tiger Woods and son Charlie

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