Woods to play Dubai Ladies Masters in December

Sport360 staff 08:08 05/10/2016
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Cheyenne Woods.

After spending a second straight season on the LPGA Tour, Cheyenne Woods is hopeful her experience and enhanced skills will provide a strong challenge to the quality field that is expected to compete at this year’s Omega  Dubai Ladies Masters at Emirates Golf Club from December 7-10.

With sporting prowess running in the family, the niece of Tiger Woods has already carved her own identity beyond sharing a celebrated surname by winning the Ladies European Tour’s Australian Masters in 2014 and securing full playing status on the demanding LPGA Tour.

Known for her power, flair and exuberance, Cheyenne is sure to add to the excitement when she joins a field headlined by defending champion Shanshan Feng in her second appearance in the event.

“I feel I have progressed, and my game is much better after playing on the LPGA Tour,” said the 26-year-old, who finished tied 24th on five-under par in her first Omega Dubai Ladies Masters in 2014.

“I love Dubai, I love the tournament and it was great fun playing two years ago. Dubai is exactly like what I had imagined – everything is so beautiful,” said the American, whose second season on the LPGA Tour this year is highlighted by a tied sixth finish at the Cambia Portland Classic in June.

During her last trip to Dubai, Cheyenne followed in the footsteps of her famous uncle when she recreated the iconic images of hitting golf shots from the helipad at the top of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

“It’s a little surreal to know that Tiger was there 12 years ago in the same spot. It’s beautiful. I had seen the photos of Tiger atop the helipad, but for me it was even crazier,” she said, who enjoyed a decorated amateur career, winning over 30 tournaments, before turning pro in 2012.

“The ultimate goal is to have a successful career, to be a champion, to be No1 in the world. No one wants to play to be second,” added the Phoenix native, who fired a career-best 63 in the first round of the 2015 LPGA Manulife Classic in Ontario.

Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice-chairman and CEO of organisers ‘golf in DUBAi,’ said: “We are
delighted to welcome back a player who is a great ambassador for women’s golf and a tremendous role model so many young girls.

“Cheyenne is someone who has real enthusiasm for the game and has shown if you put your mindset on your goals, you will invariably achieve them. Her presence elevates the energy of the competition.

“I wish her the best and hope she has a wonderful stay in Dubai.”

The ¤500,000 tournament is the season-ending event on the Ladies European Tour.

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