Cheyenne Woods, Tiger's niece, among those earning LPGA Tour card
Karlin Beck ended an 11-hole playoff Monday morning by chipping in from 75 feet for birdie to hear the final LPGA Tour card at Q-school.
"It was definitely the shot of my life so far," said Beck, who made it back to the tour for the third time.
UCLA sophomore Alison Lee was the medalist and turned pro after the final round Sunday. Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, recovered from a 79 in the second round of the 90-hole tournament with a solid weekend to easily earn her card.
"This has always been my dream," Woods said. "Since I earned it this week, everything that I have been through makes this moment feel so good."
Along with her card, she received a call from Uncle Tiger, who was playing an hour away at Isleworth on Sunday.
"He called me to congratulate me and told me how proud he was and excited for me," Woods said. "That was pretty cool."
Seven players went to a three-hole playoff to decide the final three cards. Laetitia Beck became the first Israeli-born player on the LPGA Tour when she birdied the first sudden-death hole at LPGA International, as did Garrett Phillips.
Beck, Stephanie Meadow or Northern Ireland and Casey Grice were the only three remaining for the last card when they had to return Monday morning. Grice was eliminated with a bogey on the 10th playoff hole (fourth extra hole Monday), setting up the big finish.
Meadow went just over the 18th green, while Beck came up short. Beck chipped in for birdie, and earned her card when Meadow failed to match her birdie.
Among those failing to earn full status was Charley Hull, the English teen who starred in the Solheim Cup last year. She missed the playoff by two shots and will have only conditional status on the LPGA.