Cheyenne Woods opened strongly with a 4-under-par 68 Wednesday in the first round of the LPGA’s final stage of Q-School in Daytona Beach, Fla.
While her famous uncle, Tiger, will make his return from injury 90 minutes away at the Hero World Challenge in Windermere on Thursday, Cheyenne got a head start putting up a score. She’s tied for fifth at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, two shots behind Casey Grice, a University of North Carolina graduate who played the Symetra Tour as a rookie this past year.
Woods, 24, broke through to claim her first professional title earlier this year, winning the Australian Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour. She played the Symetra Tour this season and is making her third attempt to get through LPGA Q-School.
Ryann O’Toole, a member of the U.S. Solheim Cup team in 2011, opened with a 67. She’s tied for second with South Korea’s Ju Young Park and Spain’s Maria Hernandez.
England’s Charley Hull, who helped the Europeans upset the Americans at the Solheim Cup last year, struggled to a 75 and is tied for 105th.
Australia’s Minjee Lee, the top women’s amateur in the world before turning pro in September, opened with a 72 and is tied for 46th. So is Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow, who finished third at the U.S. Women’s Open in her first start as a pro earlier this summer.
South Korea’s Ha Na Jang, who is the highest ranked player in the field at No. 25 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, opened with a 74. She was the Korean LPGA Tour’s leading money winner last year. Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn opened with a 73.
The top 20 after Sunday’s conclusion of play will win full LPGA status for next year. The next 25 will earn conditional status.