On Monday, Tiger's niece, Cheyenne Woods, began her first week as a professional golfer.
Cheyenne is making her pro debut at the LPGA Championship. She recently graduated from Wake Forest and didn't take long to discover being a pro has it's perks. "I can get lots of free stuff," Woods said. "Now that there aren't any NCAA regulations to worry about."
Woods is in the field thanks to a sponsor's exemption. How much that exemption is due to her ability and how much is due to her famous uncle is not her concern. "I'm not thinking about the last name, " Woods said. "I'm just going to play as hard as I can."
It's not only the pro debut for Woods, it's also her first major. It's not, however, her first trip to Rochester. She played as an amateur in 2009 in the last event before the stop at Locust Hill became a major.
"I'm seeing a lot of familiar faces and I know the holes," Woods said. "I feel more comfortable."
Woods missed the cut by four shots in 2009, but that tournament was just about gaining experience. Now that she's a pro, golf is about making a living. "This is my career now," she said. "This is my dream."