When Cheyenne Woods opened the Manulife LPGA Classic with a 63 a few weeks ago, she got a text message from her famous uncle.
Tiger Woods noted that his young niece waxed him by 10 shots that day, with Tiger opening the Memorial with a 73. Cheyenne has noted through her career that Tiger has been a source of support. She’s returning the favor with Tiger’s struggles continuing with his missed cut last week at the U.S. Open.
During a rain delay in Golf Channel’s coverage of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, Jerry Foltz asked Cheyenne about her uncle’s struggles.
“It is difficult to watch him struggle, but I don’t think there is any doubt that he’ll get back to where he was and winning tournaments again and playing great golf,” Cheyenne said. “I think he works harder than anyone I’ve ever met, so I don’t think there’s any doubt he’ll be back.”
Cheyenne was off to a strong start when rain suspended play Friday at Pinnacle Country Club. She was 3 under through nine holes, just one shot off the lead. Her rookie season has been a learning experience. She tied for 54th after that hot start at Manulife, her only made cut in her previous seven starts.
About Tiger’s plight, Cheyenne said he continues to be a source of inspiration: “I got started playing golf because of Tiger. I know a lot of the girls out here, we are all about the same age, so we remember watching him dominate. You watch Tiger highlights, and I don’t think there is any other athlete who can get you as pumped up as Tiger does, when you see his highlight reel.”