Exclusive: Tiger was my inspiration, says niece Cheyenne Woods

first_imgIn an exclusive interview to India Today Television’s Shivani Gupta, Tiger Woods’s niece Cheyenne on Wednesday said she was attracted towards the sport when she was a kid and her uncle Tiger was her inspiration.With a title each on LPGA and LET, Cheyenne  might not be a name whose presence can enhance the stature of an event, but her Woods connection is something, the sponsors can cash in on.When questioned about Tiger Woods and her tryst with golf, the 25-year-old golfer who is set to tee off at the Hero Women’s Indian Open in Gurgaon on Friday said she always wanted to play with the legend. “Out of all the other sports, Golf was the one I always loved. It helped having Tiger on to it and I’ve always watched him on TV as a young girl. I always wanted to play with him,” Cheyenne Woods said.”Tiger Woods was definitely my inspiration and I suppose having that family connection helped, knowing what is possible and what is not. Watching Tiger compete and dominate was something that motivated me to get out to practice and play. Ever since I was 5-years-old, I wanted to go there and play like him”, she added.Speaking about the position of women golfers Cheyenne said, “The women’s game is definitely improving and getting a lot more exposure. They are getting some great offers from all over the world. It is an exciting time to be on tour and I am looking forward to making it bigger in the future”.advertisementCheyenne wants to grab attention when she tees off at the Hero Women’s Indian Open golf tournament, to be held in Gurgaon from October 23-25.”There are not many African American winners on the woman’s golf tour: It is something at the back of my mind; I want to show the people that golf is for everybody. There are still some stereotypes associated with the sport and thus it becomes important for woman to go and play well and give the game a good name,” she said.Her uncle Woods, on his maiden visit to India last year, drew unprecedented crowd when he played a round at the Delhi Golf Club with top business honchos. There is little doubt that Cheyenne’s presence on the course here will not go unnoticed.Watch the full video here –last_img read more