C. Woods starts fast in Women's British bid


Cheyenne Woods started strong Friday at the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters in England in her bid to qualify for next week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open.

Woods opened with a 5-under-par 67 at Buckinghamshire Golf Club, good for a tie for sixth. The top three finishers in this event who are not already qualified for the Women’s British Open will earn spots into next week’s field at the Old Course at St. Andrews.

Of course, if Woods were to win, she would assure herself a spot at St. Andrews, which is the home of golf and also home to two of her uncle’s 14 major championship titles. Tiger Woods won the British Open at St. Andrews in 2000 and ’05.

Woods, 23, an LET rookie, also opened with a hot round last week at the Spanish Open. She took the first-round lead with a 64 but stumbled to a second-round 78 on her way to a tie for 32nd.

“I definitely learned last week through experiencing it, so this week I feel really good,” Woods told reporters after her round on Friday. “I’m just going to continue to play steady and not worry about today’s round. Tomorrow is a new day, and I’ll just continue my strong play the rest of the week.”

Woods is 50th on the Order of Merit in her first season on that tour. This week's field includes Karrie Webb, Sandra Gal, Christina Kim, Laura Davies and the top LET players.