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Brent Kelley

Cheyenne Woods Wins Australian Ladies Masters

By February 9, 2014

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Tiger Woods is no longer the only member of his family to win a pro golf tournament on a significant world tour. Now, Cheyenne Woods, Tiger's niece, can make the same claim.

Woods won the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters (historically known as the Australian Ladies Masters) on Sunday by two strokes (view photos). It is Cheyenne's second win since she turned pro prior to the 2013 season, but her first was on the Suncoast Series, a Florida mini-tour.

The Australian Ladies Masters is one of the two biggest tournaments in Australia, along with next week's Women's Australian Open. The Ladies Masters is cosanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and the ALPG. Cheyenne got into the tournament through her LET membership.

Woods began the tournament with a 69 (on the par-73 course), took a share of the lead with a 67 in the second, took a solo 1-stroke lead following a third-round 71, and shot 69 in the final round to win by two. Her total was 16-under 276.

It was a stellar final round for Woods, whose card showed only one bogey, on the fourth hole. She made four birdies after that (one before), including birdying the final hole. Looking at her stats for the week, it appears Woods' short game was the key. She hit 58-percent of fairways and 64-percent of greens, so she was chipping a lot, and her putting average was a low 27.27; Woods needed only 22 putts in the first round and 25 in the final round.

"This is a huge accomplishment for me," the LET's article on the final round quotes Woods saying. "I'm just really proud with how I played this week and followed through all four days and finished strong."

Woods was a rookie on the LET in 2013. She played in 11 tournaments last year, finishing 78th on the LET money list. Woods posted five Top 25 finishes in those 11 starts, with a best showing of 12th.

Now, her best showing is a victory.

View photos from Woods' win
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