by Jeff Skinner
Cheyenne Woods has beaten her more famous uncle, Tiger to the winner’s circle. The 23 year old Wake Forest grad is the first Woods to claim victory in 2014 as she won the Ladies European Tour’s Australian Masters.
It is Woods’ first win on a major tour. She previously won a SunCoast mini-tour event but the win down under certainly legitimizes Woods professional golf career.
Being Tiger’s niece certainly has opened some doors for Cheyenne, notice her Nike endorsement, but through those doors awaits high expectations, warranted or not.
Woods played well down the stretch in Australia making three birdies over her last seven holes. After slipping into an early tie with Australian amateur Minjee Lee she fought back to the lead and stretched it to two strokes with a birdie at fifteen. She closed it out with class as she birdied eighteen for her two stroke victory.
Having failed to make it to the LPGA through Q-School, Woods plans on concentrating on the Ladies European Tour in 2014. But her win here may just give many a tournament director on the LPGA Tour good reason to invite her to play in the states.
Woods was thrilled with her victory but remained humble and gracious in victory. “This is a huge accomplishment for me.”
“The Ladies European Tour has been great to be able to play this last year, I’ve been able to see all of these great players, play with Solheim Cup members, so I’ve learned so much from all of these girls and to be able to come out here and actually compete with them and come out on top was huge for me.”
“All off season I was just getting ready with my coach back home and he told me he thinks that this is my year, my time to finally get a win and to have it this early in the season is exciting, especially with European Tour and then here in Australia. I’m just really proud with how I played this week and followed through all four days and finished strong.”