Tiger's niece snares 1st big title
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA
TIGER Woods' niece stepped out of her superstar uncle's shadow yesterday by winning the biggest tournament of her career at the Australian Ladies Masters.
Cheyenne Woods, the daughter of Tiger's half-brother Earl Dennison Woods, shot a four-under 69 to total 16-under 276 and beat Australian amateur Lee Min Jee by two shots.
Lee, 17, also closed with a 69 at Royal Pines.
While Woods, 23, won a minor event early in her professional career in the United States, yesterday's victory on the Ladies European Tour was easily her most significant.
The American, whose grandfather Earl Woods - Tiger's father - was her first coach, was rock-solid throughout her final round, firing five birdies and just one bogey.
"This is a huge accomplishment for me," said the world No. 363. "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. Growing up with the last name of Woods, there is a lot of expectation and pressure and spotlight on you but I always knew that I was able to win."