Cheyenne Woods, the niece of four-time PGA Tour champ Tiger Woods, is set to make her LPGA tour debut on Thursday, June 7.
The two-time Wake Forest All-American will be making her first appearance on a sponsor's exemption in the second LPGA tour major of the season, just one week after qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open.
It feels a little different because this is my job now, it's my career now, Woods, 21, told USA Today Sports. But I'm thankful for the opportunity to play this week.
She started playing national tournaments at the age of 10, but kept her famous family ties to herself, not out of fear of extra pressure -- she just didn't want people to think I was bragging, she said in the interview.
At Wake Forest, she set school records for lowest single-season scoring average (73.47) and career average (74.31).
It's never been hard being Tiger's niece, and it's never been hard to be my own person, Woods told USA Today. I'm so thankful that I had those four years of college to really prepare me for the tour. Playing every week and balancing my time with academics and athletics, I think, has really helped me prepare for me for this stage. But the biggest transition I think would be getting used to the media.
Although Woods qualified to participate in the 2012 U.S. Women's Open at a two-day qualifier held at Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford, N.C. -- posting rounds of 74-72 to take co-medalist honors -- she will actually make her pro debut at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in Pittsford, N.Y.
The tournament stage includes 19 of the top 25 players in the Rolex's Women's World Rankings, including No. 1 Yani Tseng, No. 2 Na Yeon Choi and No. 3 Stacy Lewis, the highest-ranked American and a winner of two of the last three tour events.
For Wegmans, Woods received some advice from her famous uncle, who told her just to go out and play her own game and be herself.
He's always been so supportive of me ... He knows a lot of expectations are out there. But he just tells me to be me.
Her uncle also gave her some more advice.
He's always telling me just to kick butt, she said. You know, Tiger is always dominating, so that is the one word of advice he would give me. He is obviously amazing at golf, and having him there and knowing I can go to him whenever I need him is nice to have.
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