Date: February 16, 2016
Author: Martin Blake

AROUND TOWN: Woods hopes to turn game around


Cheyenne Woods turned a few heads in the Adelaide CBD today, climbing on the roof of a tourist boat on the Torrens for a picture shoot for the local newspaper.

As has become customary for Woods, she has become one of the faces of the golf tournament, and she happily posed on the boat on the Torrens as commuters and workers passed by, in the shadows of the redeveloped Adelaide Oval.

The American will tee it up in the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open on Thursday at The Grange, hoping to add another tournament win to the Australian Ladies Masters title which she won two years ago in Queensland.

Although it is her first time in Adelaide, Woods is a regular visitor to Australia, and is scheduled to play the Masters at Royal Pines next week after competing in this week's $US1.3 million event. "I enjoy coming down here to Australia,'' she said. "It's nice to be here at this time of year, the weather's always great, and that's why I try to get here a little early so your body has time to adjust. You get some practice in and kind of ease into the week and then I get to do stuff like this and see different parts of the city, which is fun.''

The 25-year-old has played two LPGA tournaments this year. "I'm playing okay,'' she said. I need to tighten up a few things and I'm looking forward to this week to work on that. The one thing that held me back was my putting. I'm hitting the ball well, just need to convert the birdies.

"The course is in great shape. It's a 'linksy' style course with the firm greens and the run-offs, which I enjoy. I always enjoy golf in Australia, I've played Royal Melbourne and the Gold Coast and I love it.''