Pro Golfer Cheyenne Woods Emerges from Tiger’s Shadow With Australian Ladies Masters Win

Cheyenne Woods
Cheyenne Woods

Comparisons to her uncle Tiger may be inevitable, but Cheyenne Woods is coming out from under her famous relative’s shadow with a win at the Australian Ladies Masters on Sunday. reports that Woods earned her first her first major professional tour victory by holding off 17-year-old Australian amateur Minjee Lee by two strokes.  The 23-year-old golfer closed with a 4-under 69 at Royal Pines to finish at 16-under 276. Lee also shot 69 in the event sanctioned by the European and Australian tours. Woods’ two-stroke lead came when she birdied the par-5 15th, hitting a wedge from about 120 yards to 4 feet. On the par-5 18th, she holed out from 1½ feet as she matched Lee with a birdie.

Speaking of the impact of winning a Ladies European Tour event, an emotional Woods labeled the moment as “a huge accomplishment for me.”  “The European Tour has been great to be able to play this past year, she said while acknowledging her fellow golfers. “I’ve been able to see all of these great players, play with Solheim Cup members. … To be able to come out here and compete with them and come out on top was huge for me.”

Cheyenne Woods’ win in Australia, which earned a congratulations from Tiger Woods on Twitter on Sunday, comes two years after turning professional in 2012 after an All-America career at Wake Forest. Her only pro victory prior to her winning the Ladies Masters was in a SunCoast minitour event in 2012.

Despite the weight of being Tiger Woods’ niece, Cheyenne has been able to live with the high expectations that come along with her family connection.  “I’ve been pro for two years, and for the majority of it, people just think of me as Tiger Woods’ niece, so now I have a game of my own and I have a title now, a win, which is exciting. It’s nice now to say to people that I can play and I’m not just a name,” she told the site. “Growing up with the last name of Woods, there’s a lot of expectations and pressure and spotlight on you but I always knew that I was able to win. I always knew I’d be able to compete with these ladies so now it’s kind of a weight off my shoulders because now everybody knows, not just me.”

For her overseas win, Woods walked away with $51,000 in prize money and a two-year exemption on the Ladies European Tour events. The golf pro will be seen next week when she plays in the LPGA tour-sanctioned Women’s Australian Open in Victoria.

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