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Cheyenne Woods’ victory at the Ladies European Tour's Volvik RACV Ladies Masters quickly garnered attention (Woods is shown here during 2012 LPGA Q-School).
Cheyenne Woods’ victory at the Ladies European Tour's Volvik RACV Ladies Masters quickly garnered attention (Woods is shown here during 2012 LPGA Q-School).

Cheyenne Woods never doubted she could win. But with the expected comparisons to Uncle Tiger and the constant questions, it got to a point where she felt like she was making appearances rather than competing. She lost focus.

“People weren’t as concerned about my actual results as they were about my family,” Woods said.

Now it’s a lot of both.

Woods, fresh off her first professional victory on a major tour in Australia, headlines the Symetra Tour’s season-opening event this week in Mesa, Ariz. Woods, a 23-year-old native of Phoenix, lives in a condo 35 minutes away ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Anna Nordqvist during the first round of the 2014 Honda LPGA Thailand.
Anna Nordqvist during the first round of the 2014 Honda LPGA Thailand.

Three birdies to start her first round pushed Anna Nordqvist to a 66 – and the top of the Honda LPGA Thailand leaderboard Thursday. At 6 under, the Swede is one shot ahead of Michelle Wie.

Nordqvist and Wie each carded six birdies in all, keeping them ahead of three players at 4 under: Jennifer Johnson, Angela Stanford and Lexi Thompson.

Here are 5 Things to know about the first round at Siam CC in Chonburi, Thailand.

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1. NEEDED LIFT: Nordqvist's 66 involved bouncing back from a little trouble on the back nine that could have derailed her efforts. Not ...

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February 18, 2014 | 9:02 p.m.

LPGA Thailand: Tee times, 1st round

Golfweek Staff
Inbee Park during the second round of the 2013 Canadian Women's Open in Edmonton, Alberta.
Inbee Park during the second round of the 2013 Canadian Women's Open in Edmonton, Alberta.

Top-ranked Inbee Park will make her first start of the year at the LGPA Thailand, which begins Thursday at Siam Country Club's Pattaya Old Course in Chonburi, Thailand.

Park will be paired with Suzann Pettersen and Stacy Lewis for the first two rounds. Pettersen and Lewis are ranked second and third in the world, respectively.

Also in the field are Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie and last week's winner Karrie Webb.

Here are the complete tee times and pairings for the first round of the LPGA Thailand:

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Thursday

Note: tee times are in local time; *-starts on back nine ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Jessica Korda plays an approach shot on the 18th hole of the Ladies Australian Masters during the first round.
Jessica Korda plays an approach shot on the 18th hole of the Ladies Australian Masters during the first round.

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Jessica Korda, covered in Pure Silk shaving cream, walked over to two adorable blond girls on her way to the scoring tent and gave away her golf ball. Grant Price saw the gesture unfold from his Florida home, and later praised his newest student for doing something so unselfish in the midst of her big moment.

“That was so classy,” said Price, a senior instructor at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

It wasn’t too long ago that Price was persuading a 15-yearold Korda not to quit the game. Price wasn’t Korda’s instructor at ...

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February 16, 2014 | 9:33 a.m.

Webb wins Women's Australian Open for 5th time

Karrie Webb fired a 4-under 68 to win the Women's Australian Open for the fifth time.
Karrie Webb fired a 4-under 68 to win the Women's Australian Open for the fifth time.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Karrie Webb won the Women's Australian Open for the fifth time Sunday, shooting a 4-under 68 in the final round to beat Chella Choi by one stroke.

Webb birdied the 18th hole to take the outright lead, then watched as Choi, who shot a course-record 62 on Saturday to take a share of the third-round lead, pushed a 10-foot putt wide of the hole at 18 to miss the chance for a playoff.

Webb, who clinched her 40th LPGA title, finished at 12-under 276 overall. She previously won the Australian Open in 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2008 ...

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Chella Choi set a new course record with a 10-under 62 in the third round and took a share of the lead at the Women's Australian Open.
Chella Choi set a new course record with a 10-under 62 in the third round and took a share of the lead at the Women's Australian Open.

MELBOURNE, Australia — South Korea's Chella Choi set a new course record with a 10-under 62 and took a share of the lead after the third round of the Women's Australian Open on Saturday.

A day after Sweden's Anna Nordqvist broke the women's course record with a 64 at the par-72 Victoria Golf Club, Choi eclipsed that mark with two eagles and seven birdies.

Choi, who started the day eight shots behind overnight leader Caroline Hedwall of Sweden, is tied for first with 17-year-old Australian amateur Minjee Lee at 13 under 203.

"It's the first time ...

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Caroline Hedwall plays an approach shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Women's Australian Open.
Caroline Hedwall plays an approach shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Women's Australian Open.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Sweden's Caroline Hedwall had a hole-in-one as part of a 7-under par 65 that gave her a one-shot lead after Friday's second round of the women's Australian Open.

Hedwall aced the par-3 16th and also eagled the par-5 eighth along with five birdies and two bogeys to reach 11-under 133, one shot ahead of World No. 2 Suzanne Pettersen.

Pettersen, who shot 66 to lead after the first round, had a 68 at Victoria Golf Club which included five birdies and one bogey. Australian amateur Minjee Lee was a further shot back at 9-under after ...

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Suzann Pettersen plays an approach shot during the first round of the Australian Open. Pettersen fired a 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead.
Suzann Pettersen plays an approach shot during the first round of the Australian Open. Pettersen fired a 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Norway's Suzann Pettersen birdied her last three holes in a 6-under 66 on Thursday to lead the women's Australian Open by a shot after the first round at the Victoria Golf Club.

Pettersen, winner of last year's Evian Championships, had nine birdies and three bogeys, holding off a series of challengers led by Marion Ricordeau of France.

The second-ranked Norwegian made her season debut after missing the LPGA Tour's opening event last month in the Bahamas because of a shoulder injury. She's in position to take the No. 1 spot in the world ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Suzann Pettersen is set to make her LPGA debut for the 2014 season.
Suzann Pettersen is set to make her LPGA debut for the 2014 season.

Suzann Pettersen makes her season debut this week at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, but don’t expect the World No. 2 to be well-rested. She’s been up the last four nights watching friends compete in the Winter Olympics.

“I know pretty much all the Norwegian athletes competing,” said Pettersen, who can’t wait for her own opportunity in Rio two years from now when golf returns to the Olympic Games.

Pettersen said if she were competing in Sochi, she’d be racing in the Alpine skiing women’s downhill.

“That’s skiing’s Formula One,” she ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
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 ...

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February 11, 2014 | 11:23 a.m.

Women's Australian Open: Tee times, 2nd round

Cheyenne Woods has drawn LPGA legend Laura Davies and Brittany Lincicome for her first- and second-round tee times at the 2014 Women's Australian Open (Woods shown here during the 2013 Evian Championship).
Cheyenne Woods has drawn LPGA legend Laura Davies and Brittany Lincicome for her first- and second-round tee times at the 2014 Women's Australian Open (Woods shown here during the 2013 Evian Championship).

Cheyenne Woods, last week’s winner at the Ladies European Tour’s Australian Ladies Masters, will pair with Laura Davies and Brittany Lincicome while Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic winner Jessica Korda will play alongside Paula Creamer and Charley Hull late Thursday and early Friday at this week’s Women’s Australian Open.

World No. 2 Suzann Pettersen and No. 3 Stacy Lewis will play in the same group alongside Karrie Webb while No. 4 Lydia Ko will play alongside Beatriz Recari and Azahara Munoz early Thursday and late Friday.

Here are more facts and figures about this week’s ...

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Brentley Romine
Cheyenne Woods tees off during the second round of the Australian Ladies Masters.
Cheyenne Woods tees off during the second round of the Australian Ladies Masters.

Cheyenne Woods' first professional victory Sunday at the Australian Ladies Masters not only moved her to the top of the Ladies European Tour's Order of Merit, it also sparked a big climb in the Rolex Rankings.

Woods, 23, improved 209 spots to 154th in the world, the highest ranking of her career. Naturally, she still has a ways to go to equal her uncle, Tiger Woods, the World No. 1 men's player.

With only one ranked event this past week, the top 16 remained the same as Inbee Park still holds the top spot at 9.93, 0 ...

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Cheyenne Woods celebrates winning the 2014 Australian Ladies Masters at Royal Pines Resort.
Cheyenne Woods celebrates winning the 2014 Australian Ladies Masters at Royal Pines Resort.

GOLD COAST, Australia – Cheyenne Woods won the Australian Ladies Masters on Sunday for her first major professional tour victory, holding off 17-year-old Australian amateur Minjee Lee by two strokes.

The 23-year-old Woods, Tiger Woods' niece, closed with a 4-under 69 at Royal Pines to finish at 16-under 276. Lee also shot 69 in the event sanctioned by the European and Australian tours.

Woods birdied the par-5 15th to open a two-stroke lead, hitting a wedge from about 120 yards to 4 feet. On the par-5 18th, she matched Lee with a birdie, holing out from 1½ feet.

“This is a ...

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Alex Miceli
Pinehurst No. 2
Pinehurst No. 2

The USGA plans to keep the same setup for the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in June.

At a news conference during the U.S. Golf Association's annual meeting in Pinehurst, N.C., on Saturday, managing director Mike Davis confirmed that the green speeds of 11.5 would be the same for the men and the women, who will play the following week on Pinehurst No. 2.

“We did that at Oakmont (and) contrary to what some people think, the women handled the green speeds beautifully,” Davis said. “Oakmont, we were ...

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GOLD COAST, Australia — Eight-time winner and defending champion Karrie Webb was disqualified from the Australian Ladies Masters on Friday for signing an incorrect scorecard after the second round.

American Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, and South African Stacey Lee Bregman both followed first round 69s with six-under second rounds of 67 to lead the European and Australian tour event by a shot at 10-under 136.

Webb signed for a second-straight 1-over 74 which would have made the cut. She quickly notified officials she had made an error, signing for par on the 12th when she had made bogey.

Ladies ...

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Categories: Karrie Webb, LPGA, Top Stories

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