Cheyenne Woods

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Cheyenne Woods
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Personal information
Full nameCheyenne Nicole Woods
Born (1990-07-25) July 25, 1990 (age 28)
Phoenix, Arizona
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality United States
ResidencePhoenix, Arizona
CollegeWake Forest University
Turned professional2012
Current tour(s)Ladies European Tour (joined 2013)
LPGA Tour (joined 2015)
Former tour(s)Symetra Tour (2014)
Professional wins2
Number of wins by tour
Ladies European Tour1
ALPG Tour1
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationDNP
Women's PGA C'shipT43: 2016
U.S. Women's OpenCUT: 2012, 2014, 2017, 2018
Women's British OpenCUT: 2014, 2016, 2018
Evian ChampionshipT43: 2016

Cheyenne Nicole Woods (born July 25, 1990) is an American professional golfer.

Woods was born in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a daughter of Susan Woods[1] and Earl Dennison Woods Jr., who is golfer Tiger Woods' half-brother, making Cheyenne Tiger's niece. Her paternal grandfather Earl Woods (Tiger's father) was her first coach[2] and inspiration.[3] In an interview with Golf Digest, Woods stated that her mother was white and her father African American with some Native American and Asian. [4]

She played for the Xavier College Preparatory golf team and won back-to-back Arizona 5A State Championships in 2006 and 2007.[4] She graduated from Wake Forest University (2012) where she played golf for the Demon Deacons. She has won more than 30 amateur tournaments.[5]

In 2009, she received a sponsor's exemption to play in an LPGA tournament, the Wegmans LPGA. She missed the cut by four strokes.[6]

In April 2011, she won the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship.[7]

In 2012, Woods turned professional after graduating from Wake Forest.[8] She qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women's Open by finishing as co-medalist at her qualifier and made her professional debut at the 2012 LPGA Championship.[8] She had her first professional win on the SunCoast Ladies Series in late August 2012.[9][10]

In 2013, Woods became a member of the Ladies European Tour and finished 78th on the Order of Merit. In 2014, Woods had her second professional win (and first on a major tour) at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters.[11]

In December 2014, Woods finished T-11th in the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, thereby earning Category 12 membership, which entitled her to entry in most full-field events apart from the more prestigious events.[12] In the 2015 season, she made only eight cuts and had to go through qualifying again. By finishing T-13th in the Final Qualifying Tournament, she earned her LPGA tour card for 2016.

Woods is the sixth African American to play on the LPGA Tour.[13] In an interview Woods said "An African American woman has never won on the LPGA, so in general I just feel that golf needs to be more accessible and more inclusive."[14]

Professional wins (2)[edit]

Ladies European Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning
To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up Winner's
share ()
1 Feb 9, 2014 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters* 69-67-71-69=276 −16 2 strokes Australia Minjee Lee (a) 37,500

* Co-sanctioned with ALPG Tour

Other wins (1)[edit]

  • 2012 SunCoast Ladies Series LPGA International

Results in LPGA majors[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2018.

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Women's PGA Championship CUT DNP DNP CUT T43 CUT T68
Women's British Open DNP DNP CUT DNP CUT DNP CUT
The Evian Championship ^ CUT CUT DNP T43 DNP DNP

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied


  1. ^ Brady, Erik (May 17, 2011). "Tiger Woods' niece Cheyenne creating golf identity of her own". USA Today. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  2. ^ "Player Bio: Cheyenne Woods - Wake Forest". Retrieved June 28, 2009.
  3. ^ Lewis, Aimee (September 11, 2018). "Cheyenne Woods: "When you find something you can relate to, that's a step forward"". CNN.
  4. ^ a b "Think Young, Play Hard: Cheyenne Woods". Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  5. ^ Crouse, Karen (June 24, 2009). "Following a Famous Uncle and Also Her Ambition". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2009.
  6. ^ "Woods misses cut; Shin extends lead". ESPN. Associated Press. June 27, 2009. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  7. ^ Kelley, Brent (April 17, 2011). "Cheyenne Woods Wins ACC Championship". Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  8. ^ a b Wall, Jonathan (May 31, 2012). "Cheyenne Woods, Tiger's niece, qualifies for U.S. Women's Open". Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  9. ^ "SunCoast Ladies Series – LPGA Int'l Champions Course – Final Round Results" (PDF). SunCoast Ladies Series. August 29, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  10. ^ "Cheyenne Woods, Tiger's niece, wins event at LPGA International". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. August 31, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ McEwan, Michael (February 10, 2014). "Woods wins – no, not that Woods!". Bunkered. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  12. ^ "Final Round Results - LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament". LPGA. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "Parks and Woods Become First African American Duo on Tour Since 1971". LPGA. January 26, 2015.
  14. ^ Kessel, Anna (July 26, 2013). "Cheyenne Woods: 'I want to be an established golfer, not just Tiger's niece'". The Guardian. Retrieved September 2, 2015.

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