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Maybe someday, Cheyenne Woods will play a round of golf where someone won't mention her famous uncle, but that day was not Thursday.
What Thursday was, however, was the day Woods turned pro, and she did so at the high-profile Wegmans LPGA Championship. She finished with a 3-over 75 at Locust Hill Country Club. For comparison's sake, her uncle, fella by the name of Tiger, shot a 4-under 67 at the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1996 in his pro debut.
Cheyenne Woods knows exactly what awaits her, and tried to revel in the moment rather than the weight of it all.
"I was really excited going into today," she said afterward, according to USA Today. "I've be waiting and waiting and waiting for this day. I was very nervous with my first tee shot, but I was so glad to be out there."
Woods teed off at 8:11 a.m. ET and parred the first hole. She recorded her first birdie at the fifth and would go on to make the turn at even par. But trouble, lowlighted by a double-bogey on 16, dropped her to 3-over on the afternoon.
Oh, and Uncle Tiger sent along a text message earlier this week. According to Cheyenne, he's "been very supportive and told me to trust my abilities and be patient." Easy for him to say; he was winning majors within a year of his debut.
Here's video of Woods' first professional press conference:
Woods, 21, is the daughter of Earl Woods Jr., Tiger's older brother. Winner of more than 30 amateur tournaments, she graduated from Wake Forest University earlier this year. Oh, and on Friday, she also announced that she's signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with Nike. Cannot imagine what connections might have helped her set up that deal.
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