Woods expects tough week at Royal Pines

Former Ladies Masters champion Cheyenne Woods is expecting a tough week at Royal Pines after admitting the course is “unrecognisable” from the one on which she triumphed two years ago.

“It’s going to be a good challenge that really forces you to think your way around the course,” Woods said on Wednesday.

“It is almost unrecognisable from two years ago and some holes are completely different.


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“Around the greens is very interesting with run-offs, undulations and mounds.”

The new Royal Pines is vastly different to the relatively flat, 18 holes which seven-time champion Karrie Webb obliterated with a 26-under-par score in 2010.

Woods, the niece of former world No.1 Tiger Woods, teed off at Royal Pines early on Thursday morning and the course already appears to be causing the former champion some trouble.

She started off with a par on the 10th hole, before grabbing three consecutive bogey’s.

Canadian Brooke Henderson appears to be the woman to beat early in the opening round after she shot to 3-under through 5 holes.

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