Tiger's Niece Has Golf World Looking Out

At 18, Cheyenne Woods rises through the college ranks
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2009 9:53 AM CDT
Tiger's Niece Has Golf World Looking Out
Tiger Woods, left, is shown in Doral, Fla., in a March 19, 2008 file photo. His niece, Wake Forest golfer Cheyenne Woods, is shown in Advance, N.C., in a Sept. 4, 2008 file photo.   (AP photo/File)

On the golf course, Cheyenne Woods has two big advantages, both related to her family: Her grandfather started teaching her to play before she entered kindergarten, and she bears an uncanny resemblance to her uncle Tiger. Talk about mind games. But her goal is "just make a name for myself," the 18-year-old Wake Forest freshman tells NPR.

Woods, who grew up in Arizona, is already ranked 100th among 2000 women college golfers, and "she picks things up very quickly," says her coach. That's another advantage for Woods, who plans to go professional after she graduates, and another threat to the current field of women golfers. For now, she says, "I try to set myself aside from the Tiger Woods name." (More Tiger Woods stories.)

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