Cheyenne Woods and Xiyu Lin will be among those looking to get their careers off to meaningful starts.
They’re among 154 players from 27 nations scheduled to tee it up Wednesday in the start of the LPGA Q-School Finals in Daytona Beach, Fla. Twenty players will earn the equivalent of exempt status with Sunday’s conclusion of the 90-hole event at LPGA International. Players who finish 21st to 45th will earn the equivalent of conditional status. Everyone who makes the cut to the low 70 and ties is assured of at least Symetra Tour status.
Woods, niece to Tiger Woods, missed out at LPGA Q-School a year ago but is playing the Ladies European Tour as a rookie this year. She is 73rd in the LET’s Order of Merit and 10th on the Rookie of the Year points list. Lin is a promising 17-year-old pro from China who is also playing the LET as a rookie this year. She tied for 17th at the Ricoh Women’s British Open in August and tied for 23rd at the Reignwood Classic in October in the first LPGA event staged in mainland China.
Kim, 32, is working to find her champion’s form. She won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2005. Kane, Friberg and Lee are also all LPGA winners. Lee was the LPGA’s Rookie of the Year in ’06.