Tiger Woods’ game is plagued by the yips. His recent slump has anchored him to the lowest point of his career. That hasn’t stopped his niece and LPGA golfer Cheyenne Woods from expecting a big comeback from her uncle in the future.
She came to Tiger’s defense in an interview with the Brisbane Times, where Cheyenne is looking to defend her first title as a professional golfer at the Australian Ladies Masters.
“I know he’s working hard to get back,” Cheyenne said of Tiger, who recently fell to No. 62 in the world rankings, the lowest he’s been ranked since he joined the PGA Tour in 1996.
“I know that’s what everyone wants to see so hopefully soon he’ll be back for good,” she continued. “Somebody like Tiger Woods doesn’t just disappear like that, so he’ll definitely be back.”
Unlike Tiger, Cheyenne has had some success on the course of late. After several attempts at the LPGA’s Q-school, she finally earned a spot this season in the top women’s circuit in golf. She previously played on the Symetra Tour and continues to play Ladies European Tour events as well.
“Not everything you want comes instantly,” she told the Brisbane Times. “And I think for professional golf too, we get so used to seeing it happen instantly for a lot of players and people don’t realise that, I would say for maybe 70-80 percent of the players, it’s not the case.
“When I turned pro, I assumed everything was going to happen fast and when it didn’t, it was sad,” she continued. “It was hard to get through that and realize that maybe that’s not the path that I’m going to take.”
Cheyenne returns to the Royal Pines Resort for the RACV Ladies Masters Feb. 12-15, where the storyline will — hopefully — focus on her.