Woods hoping for fairy tale ending to NCAA career at Wake Forest

By Associated PressMay 4, 2012, 8:52 pm

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – There's plenty more to Cheyenne Woods' game than just her famous last name.

With uncle Tiger Woods playing this week across the state in Charlotte, his niece is looking to wrap up her record-setting Wake Forest career with a strong showing at next week's NCAA regionals.

She hopes to qualify for the championship finals later in May before turning pro with the hope of building a career on the LPGA.

''It is a little bit of pressure knowing it is my last collegiate event,'' Woods said Friday. ''But I want to look at it as something to take advantage of, and end on a high note, and enjoy every moment with my team and enjoy just being on the college team and this time of my life.''

College golf has been very good to Woods, who will graduate as perhaps the best women's player in school history.

The 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference champion and two-time All-American enters her final regional with a chance to break both the school's career scoring record and her own 2-year-old single-season mark.

Her career scoring average of 74.31 is 0.16 better than that of Natalie Sheary, and her average of 73.62 is tied for second in the ACC and puts her within striking distance of the 73.47 she averaged as a sophomore.

She's a captain of a Wake Forest team that has never missed the NCAA regionals since the organization adopted that format in 1993. The Demon Deacons hold the No. 14 seed in the 24-team regional that begins May 10 at Penn State's Blue Course. The top eight teams and top two individual players not on those teams advance to the NCAA championship finals in Franklin, Tenn.

''We're definitely going in with the mindset that we're going to get that top eight,'' Woods said.

After that, she hopes to eventually play her way onto the LPGA. Once her college career ends, she'll declare her professional status and begin looking for sponsors and sponsor exemptions into tournaments.

The Phoenix native said she could join the Arizona-based Cactus Tour until she goes to Q-School at the end of the summer to try to earn her tour card and become the latest member of her family to play at the highest level of pro golf.

Her father, Earl Jr., is Tiger's half-brother, and she says Earl Sr., her paternal grandfather, introduced her to the game and ''got me started when I was young.''

Cheyenne says the first club she swung as a girl was in her grandfather's garage, and he guided her through her junior career.Earl Sr. died in 2006 at 74.

''I only got a chance to go out on the golf course with him a couple of times,'' she said. ''But I think a few putting tips he's given me, I always keep those in mind.''

She developed a style she describes as ''aggressively, steady, calm'' by watching pro golf as a girl. Instead of patterning her game after any one particular player, she chose attributes from a variety of players into ''kind of a mix of a lot of stuff.''

That includes Tiger, though their facial features look a lot more alike than their swings do. Cheyenne says her driver more closely resembles that of smooth-swinging Ernie Els than that of her heavy-hitting uncle.

She says she's planning to make the 90-mile trip to Quail Hollow in Charlotte this weekend for the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship - though it's questionable whether her uncle will be around. His second-round 73 left him at even-par 144 and in danger of missing the cut for the eighth time in his career. That's after his worst performance as a pro came last month at the Masters.

Cheyenne says Tiger has been nothing but supportive of her through the years.

''He's rooting me on, excited for my professional career also,'' Cheyenne said.

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Woods talks about Ryder Cup prospects in third person

By Ryan LavnerAugust 21, 2018, 1:47 pm

Conversations between Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods have gotten a little awkward.

That’s what happens when Woods, the U.S. Ryder Cup vice captain, needs to assess the prospects of Woods, the player.

“We’re talking about myself in the third person a lot,” he said with a chuckle Tuesday at the Northern Trust Open. “That’s one of the most interesting conversations I’ve ever had and I’m having a lot of fun with it.

“I’m one of the guys on the short list, and sometimes I have to pull myself out of there and talk about myself in the third person, which is a little odd.”


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After placing second at the PGA Championship, Woods finished 11th on the U.S. points list with just eight months of tournament results. Three of Furyk’s four captain’s picks will be announced after the BMW Championship in three weeks, and barring a late injury, it’s almost a certainty that Woods will be one of those selected.

Still, Woods was named in February as an assistant for his third consecutive team competition, even though he told Furyk at the beginning of the year that he envisioned himself as a player on the 2018 squad.

“I’m very close to making that happen,” he said. “It’s been a long year, and that’s been one of my goals, to make the team. To be a part of that team you have to be one of the 12 best players, and I’m trending toward that.”

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Woods on busy schedule: 'It's about pacing myself'

By Ryan LavnerAugust 21, 2018, 1:34 pm

At the beginning of the year, Tiger Woods was anxious to see how his fused back would hold up to tournament play.

Now he’s in the midst of one of his busiest stretches in years.

With the Tour Championship and Ryder Cup likely to be added to his schedule over the next few weeks, Woods could play seven events in a nine-week span.


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“That is a lot of golf,” he said Tuesday at The Northern Trust. “It’s about pacing myself and making sure I don’t practice too much, don’t overdo it and make sure my training schedule goes well.

“One of the hardest things this year has been finding the right balance. As the summer has gone on, I’ve gotten better and felt better. This is a pretty important stretch.”

Woods has already played 14 events – his most since 2013, when he had 16 starts.

He’s committed to playing the first three playoff events, beginning with this week’s event in New Jersey. There’s a week off after the BMW Championship, and at No. 20 in the FedExCup standings, Woods doesn’t need to do much to punch his ticket to East Lake. He’s also virtually assured of being a U.S. captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup, held in France the week after the Tour Championship.

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Tiger Tracker: The Northern Trust

By Tiger TrackerAugust 21, 2018, 1:00 pm

Tiger Woods begins his FedExCup Playoffs run at this week's Northern Trust. We're tracking him at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.


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Stock Watch: Will Bjorn buy or sell slumping Sergio?

By Ryan LavnerAugust 21, 2018, 12:07 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

RISING

Sneds (+9%): It doesn’t always happen, a Tour player shooting 59 and then finishing it off with a W, so it was satisfying to watch Brandt Snedeker go wire to wire at the Wyndham. An in-form Sneds now should edge out Kevin Kisner for one of Jim Furyk’s final captain picks.

Viktor Hovland (+6%): Watching the Oklahoma State junior maul the field at the U.S. Amateur, a question arose: How does the fifth-ranked player in the world not win more often? The U.S. Am was just his second title, anywhere, outside of Norway. That could all change, after he proved to himself that he could handle the best field and the stiffest challenge.

Lexi (+4%): She once again was penalized – for playing preferred lies in a different fairway – but Thompson still shot 17 under and tied for 12th in her first start since a self-imposed break to recharge her batteries. In the media tent she was refreshingly honest about the difficulties of being a 23-year-old superstar who never went to college and whose life is consumed by golf. Here’s hoping she can find a better balance (like, say, Michelle Wie) over the next few years.

Tyler McCumber (+3%): The world rankings don’t reflect it, but McCumber is playing the best golf of anyone in the world right now. In his past four starts on the Canadian circuit, he’s gone win-win-3rd-win and shot 90 under par with a scoring average of 65.88 and just two rounds higher than 68.

Nick Taylor (+1%): Playing for his Tour card, Taylor shot a bogey-free 63 Sunday at the Wyndham – with an eagle and birdie in his last four holes – to jump from 129th to 119th in the standings. That’s clutch.


FALLING

Billy Hurley III (-1%): A winner two years ago at Tiger’s event, Hurley is now headed back to second stage of Web.com Q-School after finishing 201st in the standings – by a point. A tough break for one of the game’s good dudes.

Kevin Stadler (-2%): He reminded us of the dangers of slamming clubs, after the head of his 7-iron flew off and struck a spectator in the head, requiring stitches. It was a scary scene – “It’s been a while since I’ve seen so much blood,” said playing partner Shaun Micheel – that could have been even worse.

Sepp Straka (-3%): There were plenty of stories of heartbreak at the Web.com Tour regular-season finale, perhaps none as crushing as Straka, who went 5 over for his last seven holes (including three consecutive bogeys to finish) to drop outside of the top-25 bubble.

Sergio (-4%): At last, some signs of life – his tie for 24th in Greensboro was his best finish on Tour since March – but he still didn’t make the playoffs, and it still might not be enough to sway Thomas Bjorn. For the captain it may come down to a question like this: Who would you rather have in Paris, Sergio or Russell Knox?