Golf: Tiger's niece turning pro

Cheyenne Woods, the 21-year-old niece of 14-time major winner Tiger Woods, has signed with her uncle's agent and is set to start playing in LPGA Tour events this year.

In a statement posted on the Excel agency website today, Cheyenne Woods said she plans to play in LPGA events this year on sponsor exemptions and seek a full-time spot on the women's golf tour through the qualifying tournaments.

"I am really looking forward to pursuing my goals and dreams to compete on the highest level,'' Woods said. "As I begin my professional career, I am confident and excited about working with Excel as they help shape my future.''

Woods posted the lowest scoring average at Wake Forest University and has graduated with a communications degree.

The daughter of Tiger Woods' half-brother Earl missed the cut at the 2009 Wegmans LPGA while playing on a sponsor's exemption.

Agent Mark Steinberg has represented Tiger Woods since 1998 and left IMG to work at Excel a year ago.

"We are excited about the opportunity to represent Cheyenne,'' Steinberg said. "She had an outstanding career at Wake Forest and has the chance to be a major star on the women's golf scene.''


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