Cheyenne Woods has slowly established her own place in women’s golf, but it was impossible not to swamp the young lady with questions about her uncle, arguably the most famous man in world golf.
Tiger Woods made a stunning return to competitive golf after almost 16 months of injury lay-off, during which he endured his second and third microdiscectomy procedures, last week.
The 14-time major champion finished 15th in the 18-man Hero World Challenge, but showed enough proof that his game was on the right track as he looks forward to playing a full schedule next year.
Cheyenne, a winner on the LET in Australia in 2014, secured her card on the LPGA Tour by finishing 96th on the Money List this year.
She did expect most questions to be centred around Tiger, and was happy to share her thoughts.
“I haven’t spoken to Tiger, but to see his comeback, and everyone was anticipating this week of golf that he just played, and so I was real excited to see him not only on the golf course, but on the golf course playing well,” said the 26-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona.
“That’s the Tiger we’ve all missed. I think everybody was happy to see the fist pumps and see him making birdies and holing out bunker shots, because that’s the Tiger we all remember.
“So, it was really exciting for me to see. Tiger, to me, is the greatest golfer that’s ever played, and the greatest golfer in my lifetime, at least. It was really nice to be able to see him play well again.”
Cheyenne said Tiger playing well also gave her slightly different mind-set going into this week’s Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.
“I think the thing I get from watching Tiger play, and watching Tiger play well, is just being inspired. Just seeing how hard he’s worked, and you know how hard he’s worked into coming back from his injury and getting back into playing position,” she added.
“I think that inspires a lot of us golfers who grew up watching him play. I know a lot of us out here play golf because of him. So I think, like I said, just inspiration, and you know, it gives a belief that great golf is possible, no matter what you go through.”
Cheyenne is paired with another American, Paige Spiranac, and Wales Amy Boulden. They tee off at 7:55 from the 10th tee.