Tiger’s niece falls short on LPGA debut

Cheyenne Woods was handed entry into the Wegmans tournament on a sponsor's invite.
The teenage niece of golf superstar Tiger Woods has failed to make the cut in her first professional tournament.

Cheyenne Woods was four strokes shy of qualifying for the weekend rounds of the LPGA Tour’s Wegmans event at Locust Hill in Rochester, New York. The 18-year-old had to complete her second round on Saturday along with half of the 140-player field due to delays of almost five hours following thunderstorms in the area. Competing on a sponsor’s invite, the college amateur followed up her opening 75 with a two-over-par 74 to be well down the field. She had been two-under for the round after 10 holes on Friday, but fell back again with a triple-bogey at the par-four 12th before finishing strongly with a birdie. Cheyenne is the daughter of world No. 1 Tiger’s half-brother, Earl Jnr.

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Defending champion Eun-Hee Ji also missed the cut after completing a 71 which saw her seven over the card. South Korean Shin Jiyai had led by three strokes overnight after posting a 68 which gave her a 36-hole total of 11-under-par 133. However, Morgan Pressel reduced that advantage to just a single stroke when she picked up two birdies to complete a 66, leaving her one shot ahead of third-placed fellow American Stacy Lewis.