Tiger Woods could possibly compete in the upcoming PNC Championship with his son Charlie Woods, just as they did in 2020, according to Woods' good friend and former PGA Tour player Notah Begay III.
Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee has gone even further by saying he has "no doubt" that Woods plays in the father-son tournament from December 18 to 19.
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Woods spoke to the media for the first time this week since his horror car accident in Los Angeles in February, and he offered some insight into his potential playing schedule moving forwards.
The former World No.1 told the press he will no longer be able to commit to a full season on the PGA Tour circuit, but that he will be picking and choosing which tournaments to play in once he is fully fit.
But things have intensified somewhat this week as Woods, 45, was seen hitting balls on the range ahead of his tournament hosting of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
Begay, who regularly speaks to Woods, believes Tiger and his young 12-year-old cub Charlie may indeed pair up in two weeks' time, just as they did last year in the father-son tournament.
The former PGA Tour pro believes that simply because Woods can use a golf cart in the tournament and also count on Charlie's drives in the Texas Scramble format - something they did a lot 12 months ago.
"As he's talked about, it's the endurance issue but a lot of things are going for that possibility to happen [play PNC Championship with Charlie]," Begay told Golf Channel.
"Tiger can drive a cart, he can drive up to the golf ball and almost up by the green, so the walking might not be as much of a stress on the leg.
"But also, he can play Charlie's drives. I mean, I covered them for the majority of that event [2020 PNC Championship] and Charlie was hitting most of the drives just because of where his tees are at, and he's such a good ball striker that they were taking advantage of his drives.
"So those are two critical things that I think may factor in to him possibly showing up in a couple weeks with Charlie, and I know the world would love to see it."
After hearing Begay's thoughts, Golf Channel analyst and former PGA Tour pro Chamblee said: "Not a doubt in my mind that Tiger is playing the PNC."
The Father/Son Challenge, titled since 2020 as the PNC Championship for sponsorship reasons, is an annual golf tournament for two-player teams, consisting of PGA Tour and Champions Tour golfers and their sons.
It will take place this year at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes, from December 18-19.
Justin Thomas and his father Mike are the defending champions.
Woods and son Charlie finished seventh in their debut together in 2020.