Tiger Woods’ niece stepped out of her superstar uncle’s shadow on Sunday by winning the biggest tournament of her career at the Australian Ladies Masters.
Cheyenne Woods, who is the daughter of Tiger’s half-brother Earl Dennison Woods, held off a strong challenge by Australian amateur Minjee Lee (278) to card a final-round four-under-par 69 and complete a 16-under 276 total for victory.
While Woods, 23, won a minor event early in her professional career in the United States, Sunday’s victory on the Ladies European Tour at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast was easily her most significant so far.
Way to go @Cheyenne_Woods ! A great win and accomplishment. I’m so proud of you.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) February 9, 2014
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, and she choked back tears during her victory speech.
The win earned her a two-year exemption into Ladies European Tour events — and a Twitter shout-out from her famous uncle.
A victory in next week’s US LPGA-sanctioned Australian Open would also earn Cheyenne Woods exemption into that tour.