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Clutch Cheyenne Woods Keeps Her LPGA Card

Cheyenne Woods saved one of her most consistent LPGA performances of 2016 for last, and it helped ensure she keeps her card for the 2017 season.

She gave herself a deserved pat on the back via Instagram:

There are more LPGA events coming before 2016 ends, and Cheyenne might get into one or two of them. But the Manulife LPGA Classic was the last full-field tournament and, as such, it was the cut-off point for golfers trying to finish inside the Top 100 on the money list. Only those golfers retain full playing privileges for next year.

And Woods entered the Manulife at No. 100 on the money list. Bubble girl. Had Cheyenne had a poor tournament and dropped even one place, it would be back to Q-School.

But she didn't, she came up clutch with four consistently good rounds: 69-72-69-70. She finished tied for 36th, good for a check worth $9,523. That pushed Woods' season earnings to $91,970, and moved her up three spots to 97th.

A sigh of relief from Cheyenne's legion of fans, and we're very happy she'll have a full slate of tournaments in 2017. (And don't be surprised if she improves significantly on that 97th-place finish next year.)