Tiger Woods Coaches Son Charlie, 11, But It's a 'Different Vibe' Than Golf Icon Had with His Dad



"Tiger doesn’t want that for Charlie or for himself," says the source, who recalls seeing the duo hit the course together. "They’re all smiles. Tiger is definitely teaching him the right techniques, but there’s not the intensity that Earl had with him. It’s a total bonding situation. Tiger can get goofy and funny with Charlie. It’s not 'all work and no play' like Earl could sometimes get."

Last month, Woods spoke to GolfTV about his son's interest in golf, telling the outlet that "he's starting to get into it."

“He’s starting to understand how to play. He’s asking me the right questions," said Woods, who shares Charlie and daughter Sam, 13, with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren, from whom he split in 2010. "I’ve kept it competitive with his par, so it’s been just an absolute blast to go out there and just, you know, be with him."

The father of two also said that he pays close attention to Charlie's skills out on the golf course — and is learning a thing or two from him.

“I analyze his swing all the time," he said. "I wish I could rotate like that and turn my head like that and do some of those positions, but those days are long gone, and I have to relive them through him.”

Earl was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1998 and had been in frail health in the months before his death in May 2006.

"I’m overwhelmed when I think of all of the great things he accomplished in his life,” Woods said after his father's death. “He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend."

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