As it turns out, there will still be a "Woods" on the leaderboards at Pinehurst next month.
On the same day that Tiger Woods officially withdrew from the U.S. Open, his niece Cheyenne punched her ticket to the U.S. Women's Open at a sectional qualifier in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Woods carded rounds of 73 and 68 at the Country Club at DC Ranch, rallying with a 3-under 32 on her final nine holes to grab one of three qualifying spots available. Her 1-under 141 total left her in a tie for second alongside Arizona State commit Madison Kerley, while former Big Break participant Sadena Parks took home medalist honors by four shots after rounds of 69 and 68.
For Woods, this will mark her second trip to the U.S. Women's Open. She also earned a spot via sectional qualifying in 2012, then missed the cut after rounds of 75 and 78 at Blackwolf Run.
Pinehurst No. 2 will host the men's and women's Opens in back-to-back weeks next month, and the course is about 90 miles from Wake Forest University, where Woods played her collegiate golf. Earlier this year, she captured her first victory on the Ladies' European Tour, winning the Volvik Ladies' Masters in Australia by two shots.
The U.S. Women's Open will take place June 19-22.