Charlie Woods certainly has some big shoes to fill insofar as emulating one of the greatest players ever to wield goes.
Having enjoyed some exposure last year playing alongside his father, Tiger, at the PNC Championship, the 12-year-old stole the show once again at the team event this weekend.
Charlie has shown glimpses of what he can produce, and he looked very comfortable from tee to green. At this moment in time, it is unclear what his handicap is. Although it is thought to be around the scratch mark.
Nevertheless, there are a handful of top UK bookies that are jumping on the bandwagon, and they have high hopes for Charlie. Indeed, Coral has reacted by offering a series of intriguing odds. They have installed him at 7/1 to win a Major, and 25/1 to wear the coveted Green Jacket at Augusta at least once. There are also odds of 10/1 on Charlie climbing to the summit of the world rankings by 2040. You can also get some rather eye-catching prices on Charlie to pick up his full PGA Tour card by the time he reaches 24.
Charlie’s father enjoyed a meteoric rise on the PGA Tour, and as a point of reference, Tiger won his first Major at the age of 21, and he had 10 Major titles to his name by the age of 30.
But providing odds for a youngster is far from unprecedented. The hype surrounding Charlie echoes memories of Rory McIlroy, who was destined for stardom from a young age. Some bookmakers at the time served up odds of 500/1 to win the Open Championship by the time he turned 25. McIlroy’s father, Gerry, cashed in as he placed a £400 bet on his son at odds of 500/1 for 10 years earlier.
There’s no doubting the precocious nature of Charlie’s talent, and he is on the road to stardom. Perhaps backing Charlie could be a punt that pays off in the long term!