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Woods says name is benefit not burden

Cheyenne Woods is used to juggling questions about her famous uncle with playing golf

Ladies European Tour rookie professional Cheyenne Woods, 22, from Arizona, is making her first appearance in the UniCredit Ladies German Open presented by Audi, from May 30 to June 2 at Golfpark Gut Häusern near Munich this week. She has played in six tournaments so far this season, with a best finish of tied 12th at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco. At a press conference on Tuesday, she explained how she is enjoying her travels around Europe and how she has been answering questions about her Uncle Tiger since she was 12 years old.

Cheyenne, how are you finding your first season on the Ladies European Tour?

All of the travel in Europe is new to me so I’m just taking it all in. I turned pro a year ago almost to the day. It’s been great; the players here on the European Tour are very welcoming. The players who play year after year have reached out and helped me whenever I’ve needed advice. Everyone’s been really nice and friendly. I’ve made a lot of friends from all over the world.

How often do you see your uncle, Tiger?

It’s definitely nice to have him as my uncle being one of the greatest golfers ever. He’s someone that I can go to for advice, someone that I can look up to and it’s great to have the Woods name as well. It gives me a lot of exposure and a lot of opportunities so I’m very grateful for that. So overall it’s very nice to have Tiger as part of my family and he’s been great throughout my career.

I don’t get to see him that often, maybe three of four times a year. I’ve played with him a few times and it’s always nerve wracking to play with Tiger Woods, even though he’s my uncle. It’s always nice to have access to him.

I definitely follow where he is and the PGA Tour and if Tiger is out there playing I’ll watch. I don’t know if I’ll get in touch with him but I’ll definitely keep up with how he’s playing.

How hard is it to carry the name Woods?

For me personally, it’s a little bit of extra pressure but I don’t really put pressure on myself. I don’t put pressure on myself or give myself extra expectations because of what my family is known for. For me, I’ve always been a golfer since I was five years old so this is me! Having that name does bring a lot more attention to me so it’s something I have dealt with since I was 12 years old. So the media, the attention, the expectations are something that I’ve grown up with so I’m pretty used to it. Being professional is a whole other level of attention so it’s something that I’ve been dealing with and it’s something that I’m used to so it’s nothing new.

What did you learn from your grandfather?

I guess I learned to enjoy the game. I didn’t work on my mechanics, only mentally and a lot of visualisation.  I only grew up with him until I was 12 years old so I didn’t get as much time with him as Tiger had with him.

Would you ever consider changing your name?

If I ever got married! It depends where. I think I would keep the Woods name because it does give me a lot of opportunities. I think it helps to have the Woods name. I get a lot of questions but I have been dealing with it since I was 12 years old so it’s nothing new. I can cope with it!

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