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Congratulations: Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods Niece, wins Australian Ladies Masters

 

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Cheyenne Woods won the Australian Ladies Masters  on Sunday for her first major professional tour victory, holding off 17-year-old  Australian amateur Minjee Lee by two strokes.

The 23-year-old Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece, 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.

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Woods birdied the par-5 15th to open a two-stroke lead, hitting a wedge from  about 120 yards to 4 feet. On the par-5 18th, she matched Lee with a birdie,  holing out from 1 1/2 feet.

This is a huge accomplishment for me,” Woods 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.”

From Phoenix, Woods is the daughter of Earl Woods Jr., Tiger Woods’ half  brother.

Woods turned professional in 2012 after an All-America career at Wake Forest  and her only previous pro victory came in 2012 in a SunCoast mini-tour event. In  December, she missed the cut in the LPGA Tour’s qualifying tournament in a  failed bid to earn a spot on the circuit.

 

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.”

 

Woods earned $51,000 and a two-year exemption on the Ladies European Tour.  She will play next week in the LPGA Tour-sanctioned Women’s Australian Open in  Victoria.

South Africa’s Stacy Lee Bregman and Sweden’s Camilla Lennarth tied for  third at 12 under. Bergman closed with a 72, and Lenmarth had a 70.

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com

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