Cheyenne Woods: Her Top Tournaments and Achievements

The niece of you-know-who is a very good golfer on her own

Cheyenne Woods is the niece of you-know-who. (You don't know? OK, she's Tiger Woods' niece). And she's a very fine golfer in her own right, a top junior, then a winner at the collegiate level, now a winner on the Ladies European Tour and a member of the LPGA Tour.

Tiger Woods' Niece: A Few Facts

Cheyenne Woods of the USA looks uo the fairway on the 12th tee during day one of the LPGA Australian Open at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on February 19, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia
Candid of Cheyenne Woods during the 2015 Women's Australian Open. Michael Dodge/Getty Images

On this page we list some facts and figures about Cheyenne, including her background in golf. The same person who introduced Tiger to the game introduced Cheyenne to golf, too.

Woods Earned LPGA Tour Card at 2014 Q-School

Cheyenne Woods was an LPGA Tour rookie in the 2015 season. She earned LPGA membership by finishing high enough in the 2014 Q-School finals.

Woods was exempt from the first stage of LPGA Q-School in 2014, then finished 12th in the second-stage qualifier.

At Q-School Finals, Woods opened with a 68, but put her hopes in jeopardy with a second-round 79. She bounced back with a third-round 69, and shot 71 in the fourth round to move up to 32nd. That still left her 12 spots shy of making the LPGA Tour.

But in the final round, Woods shot 70 that included a birdie on No. 16, which moved her up to an 11th place finish. Without that birdie she'd have been in a 7-way playoff for three remaining spots.

Cheyenne Woods' First Pro Win: 2014 Australian Ladies Masters

Cheyenne Woods with trophy at Australian Ladies Masters
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Cheyenne Woods entered the 2014 year with membership status on the Ladies European Tour. She played the LET in her rookie year as a pro, 2013, after making it through LET Q-School. Then Woods played 11 LET tournaments in 2013, recording Top 25 finishes in five of them.

The 2014 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters was cosanctioned by the Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) tour and the LET, and Woods got into it via her LET status.

And then she won it for her first pro victory on a significant world tour.

Woods, 23 at the time, shot 69 in the final round to secure a 2-stroke victory over then-17-year-old amateur Minjee Lee. Woods opened a 2-stroke lead with a birdie on the 15th hole, then birdied the final hole just to be safe. She finished at 16-under 276.

Cheyenne's First Pro Cut

Cheyenne Woods First Round 2012 Evian Masters
Cheyenne Woods during the first round of the 2012 LPGA Evian Masters. Matthew Lewis / Getty Images

Cheyenne Woods missed the cut in her first two pro tournaments after turning professional. But in her third try, she made the cut. When and where did her first cut as a pro happen? At the 2012 Evian Masters, which is where the photo was taken.

Cheyenne Woods Turns Pro

May 21, 2012 - There's another Woods among the ranks of professional golfers as of this date. Cheyenne Woods has turned pro. And she's signed on with Excel Sports Management, the agency of her uncle's agent, Mark Steinberg. Steinberg is one of the most powerful agents in sports. So good for her.

Cheyenne Woods recently completed her career as a golfer at Wake Forest University, where she finished four years as the school's all-time scoring leader in women's golf. She also won three tournaments (two individual titles, one in a 2-person team event), including the ACC Championship in 2011. And she was a 3-time Atlantic Coast Conference all-conference selection.

In an announcement of the signing on Excel's website, Steinberg says of Woods, "She had an outstanding career at Wake Forest and has the chance to be a major star on the women's golf scene."

Woods has played one LPGA event to this date, the 2009 Wegmans LPGA following her freshman season at Wake Forest. She missed the cut, but with respectable scores of 75-74.

Cheyenne Woods' First LPGA Tournament

Cheyenne Woods 2009 Wegmans LPGA
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In 2009, Cheyenne Woods made her first appearance in an LPGA Tour event, playing in the Wegmans LPGA in Rochester, N.Y., on a sponsor exemption

Cheyenne Woods Wins 2011 ACC Championship

April 17, 2011 - The biggest win of Cheyenne Woods' amateur golf career happened at the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference championship tournament. And Woods dominated, winning by seven strokes.

Woods, a junior at Wake Forest University, began the final round tied for the lead with North Carolina's Allie White. But Woods pulled away from White and the field over the last 18, posting the only sub-70 round of the day.

Woods carded rounds of 70, 70 and 68 to finish at 5-under 208, with White in second place at 215. (North Carolina did win the team title with Wake Forest finishing in fourth place.) The 68 is Woods' new personal best in collegiate competition. (She set the Wake Forest single-season scoring average record in the 2009-2010 season.)

The ACC championship is Woods' first victory in the 2010-11 NCAA golf season. It's her third victory in three seasons at Wake Forest; she previously won the Bryan National Collegiate in the 2009-2010 season; and teamed with Michelle Shin to win the Women's Collegiate Team Championship in 2010.

Going into the ACC tournament, Cheyenne Woods was ranked No. 38 in the Golfweek/Sagarin women's college golf rankings; and was No. 76 in the Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking (administered by the R&A and USGA).

Another College Win for Cheyenne Woods

Aug. 5, 2010

As a sophomore during the Spring 2010 golf season, Woods had six Top 10s in 10 starts, including that victory, and set a school single-season scoring record with a 73.47 average. She finished her sophomore season ranked No. 24 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

Cheyenne Woods' First College Win

April 4, 2010

In the Spring 2010 season thus far, Woods has improved her finishes from 54th to 12th to sixth, and now to her first victory.

Cheyenne Woods Makes Successful Collegiate Debut

Cheyenne Woods
Courtesy of Wake Forest University; used with permission

Sept. 16, 2008 - There's now a second Woods golfer who is starting to show up on the national scene. Cheyenne Woods, Tiger's niece, recently made her collegiate debut as a member of the Wake Forest women's golf team.

Wake Forest is famous for its golfers; Arnold Palmer, Lanny Wadkins, Curtis Strange and Jay Haas, among others, played golf at the North Carolina school.

Cheyenne's debut took place earlier in the month at the NCAA Fall Preview, where she made the 5-woman starting lineup and posted scores of 75-76-74--225. She finished 26th. An Associated Press article on Woods' collegiate debut included this:

"She's going to have an impact on the team right away," coach Dianne Dailey said.
Woods has played in charity matches with Tiger in support of his foundation and, though she doesn't speak with her uncle on a regular basis, said he inspires her.
"Just seeing him on TV and knowing that someone in my family is succeeding, it's just really motivating," she said.

Cheyenne is from Phoenix and played high school golf at one of the top programs in the country, Xavier Prep, for legendary coach Sister Lynn. There Woods was the three-time team MVP, and two-time (2006-07) Arizona state champion. The Arizona Republic, the largest newspaper in the state, named her the Arizona High School Golfer of the Year in 2007, and her junior career includes more than 30 tournament victories.