• Australian Ladies Masters

Niece of Woods secures first win

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

Woods birdied the par-5 15th to open a two-stroke lead, hitting a wedge from about 120 yards to four feet. On the par-5 18th, she matched Lee with a birdie, holing out from one-and-a-half feet.

From Phoenix, Woods is the daughter of Earl Dennison Woods Jr, Tiger Woods' half-brother.

Woods 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.

Woods will play next week in the LPGA Tour-sanctioned Women's Australian Open in Victoria.

South Africa's Stacy Lee Bregman and Sweden's Camilla Lennarth tied for third at 12-under. Bergman closed with a 72, and Lenmarth had a 70.

This article originally appeared on ESPN.com

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