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In return to action, Tiger Woods, son trail favourites on PNC Championship

Tiger Woods will make his first tournament appearance since being seriously injured in a car accident earlier this year when he joins forces with his son, Charlie, as a +1000 wager

Tiger Woods fist-bumps his son, Charlie, after putting on the 18th green during the final round of the PNC Championship golf tournament… in 2020 PHOTO: AP<br />

Tiger Woods will make his first tournament appearance since being seriously injured in a car accident earlier this year when he joins forces with his son, Charlie, as a +1000 wager on the PNC Championship, reports sportsnet.ca.

Despite undergoing surgery to repair extensive injuries to his lower right leg, Woods has exceeded expectations with his plans to participate in the 24th edition of the PNC Championship this weekend at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.

Woods’ last appearance on the PGA Tour came 13 months ago at the 2020 Masters, where he finished in 38th place. He subsequently joined his son, Charlie, at this event last December, with the father-son duo finishing five strokes back in seventh place.

While concerns linger over Woods’ fitness to return to action so soon after his accident, no doubts remain about Charlie’s touch on the links after wowing onlookers with an impressive performance in practice earlier this week.

Although the spotlight will be firmly fixed on Woods and his 12-year-old son, the team of Justin Thomas and his father, Mike, sits as a strong +180 favourite at online betting sites to claim a second straight PNC Championship title.

Team Thomas eked out a narrow victory last year by a single stroke while matching a tournament record with a score of minus-25.

Justin Thomas has been steady in the early going of the 2022 PGA Tour season. The 28-year-old American followed up last month’s third-place performance at the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba with a fifth-place finish at the Heron World Challenge two weeks ago.

The duo of Matt Kuchar and his son Cameron sits second on the PNC Championship odds as a +650 wager.

Team Kuchar sits just ahead of Jim Furyk and his son, Tanner, who join Stewart Cink and son Reagan at +750 odds.

The Kuchars topped the leaderboard heading into the final round of last year’s event, and Cameron should benefit from the experience he has gained from being on the bag alongside his father at the last two editions of the QBE Shootout.

Team Furyk will be aiming to rebound from a distant ninth-place finish at this event a year ago. Stewart Cink will be looking to recapture the magic he enjoyed while tallying three previous top-two finishes at this event with his older son Connor, including a victory back in 2013.

Runners-up in 2018, John Daly and his son, John Junior, follow at +800, followed by the team of Henrik and Karl Stenson at +900, while Bubba Watson and father-in-law Wayne Ball join Team Woods at +1000 odds to win the event.