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Golf - 19. July 2013.

Woods takes Clubhouse lead in Madrid

While all eyes will be on the world number one Tiger Woods as he goes in pursuit of his 18th Major championship at Muirfield this afternoon, his niece Cheyenne was busy making her own headlines this morning in the first round of the Open de España Femenino.

Cheyenne, the daughter of Tiger’s half-brother Earl Junior, shot an opening round of eight under par 64 at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid before Tiger teed off.

The rookie professional carded four birdies on the front nine and added four more on the back, with a solitary bogey on hole-15, to lead a Ladies European Tour event for the first time.

“I started out birdie, birdie and that was a great way to start out. I had birdies here and there and my putting was great. I just played really steady. Everything clicked today so I felt great. Hopefully I can continue just part of that tomorrow,” said Woods, who turns 23 on Thursday next week during the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.

She said she felt at home in the hot and sunny conditions which are similar to her native Arizona. “I practice at home and its 110, 115 degrees so this is pretty similar to home. It feels good. Spain has been awesome so far and it’s been a great event with LET.”

Woods teed off early taking advantage of the slightly cooler conditions and smooth greens but was finished more than two hours before her famous uncle teed off in The Open Championship.

“At 2.45 I think somebody is teeing off this afternoon so I’ll try and catch that. But I’ll hit a few balls and practice a little, get some lunch and just rest,” she said.

She ended the morning two shots clear of Spain’s Tania Elosegui, from San Sebastian, with South African Lee-Anne Pace a stroke further behind.

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