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Tiger Woods’ son Charlie wins USGA qualifier to play in U.S. Junior Amateur championship

Tiger Woods' son Charlie wins USGA qualifier to play in U.S. Junior Amateur championship

Charlie Woods, seen here with his father Tiger at last week’s U.S. Open, has qualified to compete in a USGA championship event. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods' son Charlie Woods has qualified for a USGA championship for the first time.

Woods posted the top score with a 1-under 71 at Eagle Trace Golf Club in Coral Springs, Florida, on Wednesday to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur championship in July. He was one of four qualifiers out of a field of 85 to advance.

Woods bested the field despite a rough start that included a bogey and a double-bogey on his first two holes. He carded five birdies and one bogey from there to finish 1-under par.

“I didn’t play great my first two holes, but I played really good for the last 16," Woods said, per The Associated Press. "I just told myself not to make any more bogeys or doubles, and I took advantage of some nice birdie looks when I had them."

Tiger won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship three times from 1991-93. He was 15 — the same age as Charlie — when he won his first as the tournament's youngest-ever winner.

Charlie, a high school freshman, has played with Tiger on multiple occasions at the PNC Championship and is frequently at his father's side when Tiger competes. He joined Tiger at the U.S. Open last week at Pinehurst, where he worked with his dad through his practice rounds.

Tiger has won nine USGA championship events in his career. He's won three U.S. Opens and three U.S. Amateur titles in addition to his three U.S. Junior Amateur championships.

“The USGA means a lot to me,” Charlie said Wednesday. “I want to win USGA championships and hopefully one day the U.S. Open.”

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