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Tiger Woods, son Charlie celebrate 79th PGA Tour win (video)

Tiger Woods had reason to smile Sunday. (Gregory Shamus / Getty Images)

Tiger Woods won for the 79th time on the PGA Tour and, afterward, celebrated by doing something he’s never done before: he picked up his son for an emotional hug in full view of fans and cameras.

Charlie Axel was taken to his pops on the course just after Woods won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday. Dad scooped up his little boy in front of the gallery and CBS cameras and held on tightly when shyness struck the 4 1/2-year-old as they headed to the scorers’ tent.

Woods has gone to great lengths to keep Charlie and Sam, his daughter, out of the spotlight, but Sunday’s celebration, with Charlie in a red “Get Your Swoosh On” shirt, was straight out of the old days, when Woods’s father always had an emotional greeting for him as he came off the course.

Woods noted Monday morning just how much Charlie’s presence meant to him:

There was no sign of Lindsey Vonn, Woods’s girlfriend, who did tweet:


Woods heads for the final major tournament of the year, the PGA Championship this week at Oak Hill, but on Sunday his victory scene was stolen by a little by. Charlie Woods, y’all.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · August 4, 2013