Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: LPGA Tour rookie Cheyenne Woods will make her Malaysian debut when she joins an all-star 75 player field for the sixth edition of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
The event will take place from October 8-11 at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC), a Golf Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
The niece of 14-time Major winner Tiger, 25-year-old Cheyenne hails from Phoenix Arizona and joined the LPGA Tour in December last year.
Sharing the same inspiration from grandfather Earl Woods (Tiger’s father) – who was also her first coach – she enjoyed a prolific career as an amateur, winning more than 30 tournaments, before turning professional in 2012.
Woods made her professional debut at the LPGA Championship in 2012 and had her first professional win on the SunCoast Ladies Series in August that year.
In 2013, Woods became a member of the Ladies European Tour and finished 78th on the Order of Merit. Her second professional win came at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters, before earning her Category 12 Tour card following her tied 11th finish in December’s LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
While she continues to make steady improvement on the golf course, the combination of good looks, an athletic figure and natural charm has seen an explosion of interest in her off the course.
Talking about life on the LPGA Tour, Woods said: “I’ve had some ups and downs in my first year but overall I’m learning a lot about my game and what it takes to be a top player. So I’m constantly trying to get better and trying to learn what I’ve got to do to get to that number one spot. I’m looking forward to the Asian Swing which will be a new experience for me.”
Of her debut appearance at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, she added: “I’ve heard a lot of great things about the tournament so I’m looking forward to seeing it myself. We get to travel to a lot of amazing places throughout the year and I always like to get to know the places that we visit, so I’ll definitely get out to see some of the sites around KL.”
Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of the Sime Darby Foundation, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Cheyenne to the tournament for the first time. Cheyenne has shown considerable promise since turning professional and is obviously enjoying her rookie year on the LPGA Tour.
“Her positive attitude and passion for the game are very apparent and I’m sure that she will prove a big hit at this year’s tournament with Malaysian fans. We look forward to seeing her performing out on the course in October.”