Cheyenne Woods at the top of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in Dubai in 2014
Cheyenne Woods looks to step up to the plate and challenge a strong field at the forthcoming Omega Dubai Ladies Masters at Emirates Golf Club from December 7-10.
With sporting prowess running in the family, the niece of Tiger Woods has already carved her own identity beyond sharing a celebrated surname by winning the Ladies European Tour’s Australian Masters in 2014.
Known for bringing power, flair and exuberance to the game, Cheyenne will ratchet up the level of excitement when she joins a field headlined by defending champion Shanshan Feng in her second appearance in the event, promoted and organised by ‘golf in DUBAi.’
The 26-year-old, who finished tied 24th on five-under par in her first Omega Dubai Ladies Masters in 2014, said: “I love Dubai, I love the tournament and it was great fun playing two years ago. Dubai is exactly like what I had imagined – everything is over the top, everything is so beautiful,” said the American, whose second season on the LPGA Tour this year is highlighted by tied sixth finish at the Cambia Portland Classic in June.
Cheyenne followed in the footsteps of her famous uncle when she recreated the iconic images of golf shots flying from the helipad at the top of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in Dubai in 2014. “It’s a little surreal to know that Tiger was there 12 years ago in the same spot. It’s beautiful. I had seen the photos of Tiger atop the helipad, but for me it was even crazier,” she said, who enjoyed a decorated amateur career, winning over 30 tournaments, before turning pro in 2012.
“The ultimate goal is to have a successful career, to be a champion, to be No 1 in the world. No one wants to play to be second,” added the Phoenix native, who fired a career-best 63 in the first round of the 2015 LPGA Manulife Classic in Ontario.
Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice-chairman and CEO of ‘golf in DUBAi,’ said: “We are delighted to welcome back a player who is a great ambassador for women’s golf and a tremendous role model so many young girls.
“Cheyenne is someone who has real enthusiasm for the game and has shown if you put your mindset on your goals, you go out and invariably achieve them. Her presence certainly elevate the energy of the competition. I wish her the best and hope she has a wonderful stay in Dubai,” he added.
The Omega Dubai Ladies Masters is backed by OMEGA as the title sponsor and Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC as sponsor. The co-sponsors are: CNN, Drydocks World & Maritime World, Emirates NBD, Gulf News, JA Resorts & Hotels, Mercedes-Benz and wasl, while Dubai Duty Free, Neocasa Interiors and Motivate Publishing are the Patrons in golf in DUBAi’s drive to showcase the emirate’s vibrant golfing scene to a worldwide audience.