He also likes to discover the different golf swings of legends and amateurs. Three caught his eye this week: Gary Player, Lee Trevino and Charlie Woods.
Yes, they are two 80-year-old Hall of Fame members and the 11-year-old son of Tiger Woods, who is the youngest player to participate in the event which begins Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.
“What I find interesting: I think Tiger turned pro a bit ahead of me or around the same time as I did,” Harrington said Friday after a pro-am heat. “This is the first tournament I have ever participated in that Tiger Woods plays because he is not the star of the series.
“He should write it down himself.” He’s not the star of the show this week. And that’s a lot among players and pros. We all go down the range, and everyone stops to look at Charlie. out of the way, Tiger. It’s amazing the buzz he created. ”
There was a huge surprise last month when Woods announced he would be playing the Grand Champions and Family Member event.
Charlie Woods has shown himself to be quite the player, with a golf swing that eerily resembles his famous father, who won 15 major titles. Tiger Woods has said many times that he just wants his son to “enjoy” the game. In two pro-am appearances, Charlie has shown a lot of promise.
Harrington, 49, is the captain of the European Ryder Cup team, the biennial competition that has been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. A winner of 31 world tournaments, including three major championships, he has had his share of battles with the former Woods over the years.
But he’s intrigued by what’s going on with Charlie Woods.
“For me, I’ve watched three golf swings this week,” Harrington said. “Three people that I really stopped to take a look. Gary Player. Lee Trevino and Charlie Woods. I stop to look at the wires. But three in particular, I take my time. ”
“Gary Player for me, at 85, it’s amazing how much he hits him. Lee Trevino is still a good ball scorer at 81 years old. Wouldn’t you like to be like that? And instead. At the end of the scale, at 11, you have Charlie Woods and what awaits him is interesting.
“Push Tiger aside,” Harrington joked. “You are no longer history. ”
Like his experience with Patrick, who is 17, Harrington said the idea was to have fun and not worry too much about the results.
“Certainly the first two years, you just wanted him to hit a good shot,” Harrington said. “I remember the first year he hit a nice ground in 13 and pushed it back. Struck to death. And they showed it on television. This is the key. They showed it on television. It was an exceptional shot, but it was broadcast.
“It’s not about showing the bad things. We are here to have fun. They are doing a good job. As much as the kids will be under pressure, it’s not too bad as far as the format goes. If you are at the top of the ranking. tournament, there is a little pressure. But if you’re not, it’s a really good week. ”
Tiger and Charlie Woods depart at 11:48 am ET with Justin Thomas and his father, Mike.