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article imageCheyenne Woods claims victory in the Australian Ladies Masters

By Scott Sawitz     Feb 13, 2014 in Sports
Earl Woods continues to have a remarkable degree of influence over the world of golf, so evidenced by Cheyenne Woods clinching her first victory on a major professional golf tour on Sunday in Australia.
Woods managed to hold off some fierce competition provided by Minjee Lee and take the Australian Ladies Masters victory, her first professional win in a major tournament, with a final score of 69.
Cheyenne is the granddaughter of Earl Woods, the man who also introduced her uncle, golf legend Tiger Woods, to the game.
Now, multiple sources are calling Cheyenne Woods the New Face in Women's Golf. While she has been making her mark in the sport for several years now, this 23-year-old has drawn quite a bit more attention in the past year.
During last summer's US Open at Merion, she posed a question to Tiger Woods during a media conference preceding a major tournament that drew mixed reactions by onlookers and press. To those who understood the connection between the two, that reaction was one of affection over the family dynamic at play in the dialog. So what was the question? She wanted to confirm dinner arrangements for the evening with her uncle.
Having put herself in the spotlight with that exchange, Cheyenne would find herself attracting even more attention to her game. This past weekend's performance shows her potential but time will tell whether she will be able to carry the Earl Woods legacy long-term.
She is determined to show the world that she is more than just a famous surname and with scores like the one she managed on Sunday, it is likely to become increasingly difficult to argue that claim.
"Growing up with the last name of Woods, there's a lot of expectations and pressure and spotlight on you, but I always knew that I was able to win," she said in Australia.
What is most important for Cheyenne now is that the world sees her as a developing talent. In fact, the Woods name could actually work against her. It would not be the first time a relative of a sports legend found him, or herself, under pressure to perform based solely on family ties. To her favor, though, she has managed to progress and build her reputation quietly until now.
This coming weekend, Cheyenne will have some much stiffer competition as she matches her skills once again against some of women's golf's most impressive players at the Women's Australian Open in Melbourne.
"I'm still on a high from last week and excited about my win," she said. "Proud of myself and enjoying the moment."
The question is whether or not living in that moment will have a negative impact on her performance in Melbourne. It will take far more than name recognition to fare as well in this contest.
Cheyenne has her sights set on the future and she credit her grandfather as her source of inspiration and motivation.
"I still remember how much he believed in me, and I think that's what keeps me going and what keeps me fighting to follow my dream and keep getting better and better, because I knew my grandfather had this belief."
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