Tiger Woods’ niece makes her major pro golf tourney debut today

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Pro golf fans now have their choice of Woods. Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger and daughter of Earl Woods Jr., Tiger’s older brother, turned pro three weeks ago, and today began her first pro event. That would be the 2012 LPGA Championship at Locust Hill CC in Pittsfield, New York. Here’s the leaderboard. Woods tore up the ACC at Wake Forest, where she was a two-time all-American and a three-time all-conference performer, winning the ACC individual title in 2011. The New York Times:

“This is my first event as a professional, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start off my career,” she said. “I’m excited about the opportunity and happy to be back in Rochester.”

We’re not sure how Cheyenne will compare with her uncle as a golfer, but she already seems to have a better developed sense of humor.

Of course, [Wake Forest coach Dianne] Dailey had some moments with Woods. Two years ago, she was told about a Facebook post by Woods during her junior year that said, “I’ve enjoyed my three years at Wake Forest, but now it’s time to join the tour.”

Dailey was driving the team van during a tournament week when she heard the news. She dropped the players off for ice cream and called Woods’s mother, Susan, and asked about the comment. Susan Woods reminded Dailey that it was April Fools’ Day.

“When I picked up the team, they were all laughing and saying, ‘We got you, Coach!’ ” Dailey said. “They did. They almost gave me a heart attack.”

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