C. Woods defending in Australia, defending Tiger

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Cheyenne Woods is defending her title this week at the RACV Ladies Masters in Australia, but there’s still no escaping questions about her famous uncle, though the nature of the questions are different now.

The headline Tuesday in the Sydney Morning Herald: “Cheyenne Woods says Tiger will be back”

The newspaper’s story about Cheyenne’s return to Royal Pines and the Gold Coast begins with Tiger questions.

“I know he's working hard to get back,” Woods said. “I know that's what everyone wants to see, so, hopefully soon he'll be back for good. Somebody like Tiger Woods doesn't just disappear like that, so he'll definitely be back.”

Cheyenne broke through for her first title on a major tour at Royal Pines last year. With that victory, and with her earning her LPGA membership through Q-School last fall, Woods took large steps creating her own identity as a player. She’s relishing her return to Australia and the co-sanctioned Ladies European Tour and Australian Ladies Professional Golf event.

“I think that last year here at Royal Pines was a glimpse of what I’m capable of,” Woods said Tuesday in a news conference at the Ladies Masters. “And that was something that I hadn’t really shown in the first two years of me being pro. So for me it was nice to finally see that my skills were coming through, and I was able to push through four days and win at this competition level. I think overall it is just experience that I take with me.”