PINEHURST, N.C. – Cheyenne Woods has played all over the world this year, but make no mistake – this is where she wants to be.
Woods won earlier this year in Australia and has split time this season between the Ladies’ European Tour and the Symetra Tour. After surviving a sectional qualifier in Arizona, she punched her ticket to the U.S. Women’s Open and this week will tee it up against the best players at Pinehurst No. 2.
“This is the ultimate goal, what I wanted to do ever since I was young,” Woods said. “It’s great to have qualified and be on this stage and hopefully playing my best game this weekend.”
This is Woods’ second appearance at the U.S. Women’s Open, having missed the cut at Blackwolf Run in 2012. She knows that steady play across a treacherous layout like No. 2 will be important if she is to improve on her performance from two years ago.
“The key will be just trying to stay patient,” Woods said. “U.S. Open courses are always very tough, and Pinehurst with the restorations, the course is awesome. It’s going to be a challenge and a great test for us.”
Woods has struggled somewhat to back up her breakthrough victory this year, but she did notch her first top-10 of the season on the Symetra Tour last week, tying for fifth at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic. Having played her college golf at nearby Wake Forest, the 23-year-old hopes to build upon that momentum in front of partisan crowds this week.
“I’ve definitely heard a few ‘Go Deacs’ cheers so far,” she said. “It’s great to hear and to have that kind of support.”
As for Uncle Tiger, Woods expects him to keep an eye on her performance from afar.
“He’ll be watching, for sure,” she said.