Cheyenne Woods' win creates ripple effect

Cheyenne Woods' win at the 2014 Australian Ladies Masters will likely affect LPGA sponsor exemptions this season.

Cheyenne Woods' win at the 2014 Australian Ladies Masters will likely affect LPGA sponsor exemptions this season.

Cheyenne Woods’ break-out victory in Australia created enough buzz that Golf Channel decided to schedule a special viewing of the event’s final two rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday. Frankly, not many names in the women’s game can move the needle like that. And, let’s face it, this is all about the name.

“It's very weird to see Woods on top of a leaderboard at a women's tournament,” said Jessica Korda, “but it was nice."

Woods, Tiger’s niece, remained in Australia this week for the national Open at Victoria Golf Club, where she’s playing on a sponsor exemption.

• See all of senior writer Beth Ann Nichols' LPGA notes this week right here.

Because Woods, a Wake Forest grad, missed the cut at LPGA Q-School, she’ll be playing a full schedule on the Symetra Tour in 2014.

Sunday’s victory at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters in Queensland, however, is bad news for many players hoping to get LPGA sponsor exemptions this season.

They’ll now have to get in line behind Ms. Woods, who has played in seven LPGA events so far. Her best finish is a tie for 50th at the 2012 Evian Masters.

“I’ve been pro for two years and, for the majority of it, people just think of me as Tiger Woods’ niece, so now I have a game of my own and I have a title now, a win, which is exciting,” she said. “It's nice now to say to people that I can play and I’m not just a name.”

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