Cheyenne Woods, Tiger’s Niece: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


GW Player Profile: Cheyenne WoodsCheyenne Woods speaks to us about life as part of the Woods family, and about her recent qualification to play on the LPGA Tour2015-03-06T09:35:04Z

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Cheyenne Woods is the niece of golf legend, Tiger Woods. Even though she has a famous uncle, Cheyenne has managed to make a name for herself in the golf world with her extraordinary talent and impressively low numbers on the scorecard.

While her famous uncle shot a 1-over par 73 at Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament, she was busy shooting a career low 9-under 63 at the 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic before the end of her rookie year in the LPGA. Cheyenne is doing pretty well these days and was even seen partying with Drake at one of his concerts she attended.

Watch the video above to hear her talk about life in the Woods family.

Here’s what you need to know about her:


1. Her Father is Tiger Woods’ Half Brother

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She was recruited to play golf as early as 4 years old because her grandfather was a recruiter for golf talent at IMG. ( Instagram.com/cheyenne_woods/ )

Cheyenne’s parents are Susan and Earl Dennison Woods Jr. Her father and Tiger’had the same father, but different mothers, making them half brothers. She started playing golf because she used to love watching her uncle play on TV when she was a kid. She was recruited to play golf as early as 4 years old because her grandfather was a recruiter for golf talent at IMG and Tiger Woods often talks about how proud he is of her successes on and off the golf course.

Although she admires her uncle, she wants to be known because of her golf skills and not by her last name. She said in an interview with The Guardian:

I have a picture of me from when I was eight or nine years old and I was doing an interview after my event and I had literally six cameras surrounding me and I’m just like this little girl on a chair. I’ve had it since I was young. Tiger had not long won his first Masters then, so it was big, I guess. You know: ‘Tiger Woods’ niece is playing golf.’ For me now, the media, it’s just like second nature. I’m just a normal person. I just happen to have a big last name.”

Her grandfather believed she would become a great player in the sport and wrote a letter to IMG when she was just three years old. Six years after he died, IMG gave her the letter that her grandfather promised her she would receive when they came to recruit her. She told The Guardian of the experience:

It was a huge moment for me because my grandfather passed away six years ago, so to see that report – in his handwriting – it was really special. I had it framed and everything. I’d heard about it, I knew about it and then the day finally came, like he said. They’d kept it on record for me all that time. When they gave it to me it was surreal.”


2. She is One of Six African-American Women to Make It to the LPGA Tour

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She is one of six African-American women to ever make it to the LPGA Tour level. ( Instagram.com/cheyenne_woods/ )

The 24-year-old was born on July 25, 1990 in Phoenix, Arizona. Her father is black and her mother is white so she chose to find a local minority golf association to play with when she was a kid. Woods said in an interview with AtlantaBlackStar.com of her experience growing up with biracial parents:

I grew up more on my mom’s side of the family. But my mom searched out for a local minority golf association in Phoenix when I was 8 or 9. So then I could play golf with other kids who kind of looked similar. It really opened up my eyes to the fact that I wasn’t the only one like me. So when I went to this golf group, I was around other kids who were mixed-race, African-American, Mexican. We all had something in common.

LPGA newbie Sadena Parks also joined the LPGA the same year Woods did as two of the six African-American women to do so.


3. She Graduated From Wake Forest University

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Her father is black and her mother is white so she chose to find a local minority golf association to play with when she was younger . ( Instagram.com/cheyenne_woods/ )

Woods attended Xavier College Preparatory for high school and won back to back Arizona 5A National Championships in 2006-2007. She was recruited and committed to Wake Forest when she was in high school, the same golf program Jack Nicklaus played golf for.

She won the ACC championship in 2011 as an individual for Wake Forest and set the lowest scoring average in history for the women’s golf team. She graduated in 2012 from Wake Forest as an All-American and All-ACC team member in college and immediately went pro.


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4. She Earned Her LPGA Card in December 2014

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She recreated her uncle’s Nike commercial by juggling the golf ball on a wedge and then hitting it, a skill not many are capable of. ( Instagram.com/cheyenne_woods/ )

When Woods Graduated in 2012, she joined the Ladies European Tour. Her first win as a pro was at the Australian Ladies Masters in 2014. Woods won 30 tournaments as an amateur and she clinched her first pro win last year and her LPGA career low was this past weekend’s 63 at the Manulife LPGA Classic. Her caddie’s name is Reynolds Robinson, a former caddie on the caddie on the PGA tour.


5. She is Sponsored by Nike


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Woods has multiple endorsement deals, but her largest is with Nike, her uncles largest sponsor. She’s also been featured in multiple shoots in various golf magazines such as Golf Digest, Golf.com and Golf Magazine. She recreated her uncle’s Nike commercial by juggling the golf ball on a wedge and then hitting it as shown in the video above.

Click here to see Cheyenne do it.



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