Cheyenne Woods, Tiger's Niece, Qualifies For U.S. Women’s Open

PITTSFORD, NY - JUNE 26: Cheyenne Woods of the USA hits with a driver during the second round of the Wegmans LPGA at Locust Hill Country Club held on June 26, 2009 in Pittsford, New York. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

Cheyenne Woods launches her professional career by playing her way into the U.S. Women's Open.

Now that’s the way to start your professional golf career.

Cheyenne Woods -- we can probably do away with the "Tiger Woods’ niece" descriptor at this point -- was co-medalist in a two-day U.S. Women’s Open qualifier Thursday at Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford, N.C. Woods tied with Katherine Perry to score a 2-over 146 (74, 72), Michael Rhodes, who works in the club’s pro shop, told us Thursday, and earn a spot in next month’s major at Blackwolf Run.

Woods tweeted the good news Thursday afternoon. "Qualified for the US Women's Open!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" an excited Woods typed.

Wake Forest football player (and Woods' reported boyfriend) Joshua Harris sent the word ‘round the web, and was even more exuberant. "So @Cheyenne_Woods just WON the US Women's Open Qualifier.. Yes, Won the event!!" he tweeted. "US Women's Open, here we come!!"

Woods, the 21-year-old daughter of Tiger’s half-brother Earl Woods Jr., announced last week that she had turned pro. She’ll take advantage of a sponsor’s exemption to make her professional debut at next week’s Wegmans LPGA Championship.

Woods, however, will need no such handout to play in the Open, which starts July 5 in Kohler, Wisc., and tweeted her jubilation: "I’m so hype right now."

Oh, Uncle Eldrick did pretty well today as well. He shot an opening-round 2-under 70 at the Memorial Tournament and was one stroke behind the early leaders.

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