Move over Tiger, you’re not the only golf superstar in the Woods family. Niece Cheyenne Woods won the 2014 Australian Ladies Masters on Sunday. The 23-year-old shot a field best 16-under 276, and finished out the final day at 4-under 69.
Following the event, Woods was ecstatic to finally be able to step out from the shadow of being “Tiger’s niece”:
“This is a huge accomplishment for me,” she said. “The European Tour has been great to be able to play this past year.
“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.”
Woods said she had learned to live with the pressure of expectation that came with bearing a famous golfing name.
“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,” she said. “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’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.”