Cheyenne Woods shares lead, Karrie Webb DQd at Aussie Ladies Masters

Matt Roberts

Tiger Woods’ niece is tied for first heading into Saturday Down Under, though hometown favorite Karrie Webb won’t be around for the weekend after signing for an incorrect scorecard and incurring a DQ.

Tiger Woods may be on a furlough but his niece was taking care of business Down Under. Cheyenne Woods held a share of the midway lead of the Australian Ladies Masters, while Aussie favorite daughter and defending champion Karrie Webb was disqualified on Friday after signing an incorrect scorecard.

Webb, a native of Queensland, was aiming to win a record ninth Aussie Ladies Masters title and shot a 2-over par 75 in the second round at the par-73 Royal Pines Resort. Unfortunately, Webb signed for a 74 after erroneously penciling in a four on the par-5 12th instead of a five.

The seven-time major winner, who would have just made the cut with her corrected score, recognized her mistake quickly but it was too late to undo the damage.

"It was quite clear she signed for an incorrect scorecard. She was obviously disappointed," tournament director Fraser Munro told the Associated Press. "She needs to verify all her 18 hole scores; that's her duty. She's not properly checked her scorecard and left the recording area."

Webb took to Twitter to share her disappointment over the outcome.

Woods, meanwhile, put herself in position to win her first professional event after firing a second-round 67 that included a hole-out for eagle on the first hole, which was her 10th of the day. Her card also listed five birdies and a bogey, sustained when Woods three-putted the 18th.

"It was a great day today," said Woods, who turned professional in 2012 and signed with Uncle Eldrick’s manager, Mark Steinberg. "I played pretty steady throughout the entire round. My putter was working really well for me and I was hitting the ball well so, like I said, it was just a steady day."

As for the hoopla about her last name and the huge galleries that watched her perform on Friday, the younger Woods took it all in stride.

"I've been playing golf since I was five years old so, for me, playing golf with the last name Woods is nothing new," she told TV New Zealand. "It's just now it's on a bigger stage so I get a lot more media attention.

"I'm still playing the same golf that I've been playing my whole life," said Woods, who was tied with Stacy Lee Bregman at 10-under after 36 holes.

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