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Tiger Woods' niece wins first major pro tournament

GOLD COAST, Australia — Uncle Tiger is proud.

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 niece of Tiger Woods closed with 4-under 69 at Royal Pines to finish at 16-under 276. Lee also shot a final-round 69 in the event sanctioned by the European and Australian tours.

Her uncle tweeted: "Way to go @Cheyenne_Woods! A great win and accomplishment. I'm so proud of you."

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 huge accomplishment," Woods said. "The European Tour has been great to be able to play this past year. I've been able to see all of these great players, play with Solheim Cup members … to be able to come out here and compete with them and come out on top was huge for me."

Woods, who is from Phoenix, is the daughter of Earl Woods Jr., Tiger Woods' half-brother.

She turned professional in 2012 after an All-America career at Wake Forest, and her only previous pro victory came in 2012 in a SunCoast mini-tour event. In December, she missed the cut in the LPGA Tour's qualifying tournament in a failed bid to earn a spot on the circuit.

"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 … which is exciting," she said. "Growing up with the last name of Woods, there's a lot of expectations and pressure and spotlight on you, but I always knew that I was able to win."

PGA: The finish wasn't what Jimmy Walker wanted. The result is what he has come to expect.

Walker led by as many as six shots in the Pebble Beach (Calif.) National Pro-Am only for it to be decided by his final putt. He ran his birdie attempt 5 feet by the hole and had to make that for par to close with 2-over 74, finishing with 11-under 277 for a one-shot win over Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner.

"It's drama, man," Walker said on the 18th green. "It was too much for me."

Walker, 35, won for the third time this season, a streak that began in October about an hour away at the Frys.com Open.

CHAMPIONS: Michael Allen won the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton for his sixth tour title, beating Duffy Waldorf with a two-putt birdie on the second hole of a playoff. Allen closed with 3-under 69 to match Waldorf (67) at 18-under 198.

Tiger Woods' niece wins first major pro tournament 02/09/14 [Last modified: Sunday, February 9, 2014 9:33pm]
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