With her famous uncle still yet to tee off in the season’s third major, Cheyenne Woods did her part to make sure the family name would be seen atop a leaderboard this week.
The 22-year-old, who is world No. 1 Tiger Woods’ niece, began the Open de Espana Femenino on the Ladies European Tour with an 8-under 64 to take a two-shot lead over Tania Elosegui. Her round in Madrid, Spain, included nine birdies against just a single bogey and marked the lowest score of the LET season for Woods, who is in the midst of her first full season as a professional.
“Everything clicked today, so I felt great,” Woods explained to reporters after the round. “Hopefully I can continue just part of that tomorrow.”
Measuring 6,411 yards, the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid was no match Thursday for the former Wake Forest standout, who birdied her first two holes and did not look back. Woods turned in 4-under 32, adding four birdies around her lone bogey amid a six-hole stretch from Nos. 12-17. After the round, she detailed plans to prepare for Friday’s second round while also hoping to watch her uncle begin his quest for a 15th major title at Muirfield.
“At 2:45 (local time) I think somebody is teeing off this afternoon so I’ll try and catch that,” she added. “But I’ll hit a few balls and practice a little, get some lunch and rest.”