Cheyenne Woods was playing in an event at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles earlier this year when she was introduced to a family who had come to watch her. They had never played golf, or even seen the sport live, but Woods had captured their imaginations. “It was a black family who’d come out; a dad, his two daughters and his son,” Woods tells CNN Sport. “They’d never played golf, but they’d heard about me and came out and followed my entire round. That kind of stuff gives me goosebumps.”
Though the American has yet to win a major tournament and is ranked No.245 in the world, Woods has always attracted attention. It comes with the territory of being the niece of Tiger Woods, the world’s most famous golfer. Ever since she started playing junior tournaments, cameras have followed her. She is untroubled by it. She knows of no other world. There are positives to the interest, she says, as well negatives.
“With Tiger’s career, with him taking a break, being injured and now being back, there’s always something to talk about with him so people are a bit curious, which is understandable,” says Woods, whose late grandfather, Earl Woods — Tiger’s father — first put a club in her hand, aged three. “Some of the biggest frustrations I’ve had in my career is always being known as someone’s relative versus myself. Now I do feel I have my own identity, whether it’s the headline or not.”