Though the American has yet to win a major tournament and is ranked No.245 in the world, Woods has always attracted attention. It comes with the territory of being the niece of Tiger Woods, the world's most famous golfer. Ever since she started playing junior tournaments, cameras have followed her. She is untroubled by it. She knows of no other world. There are positives to the interest, she says, as well negatives.
"With Tiger's career, with him taking a break, being injured and now being back, there's always something to talk about with him so people are a bit curious, which is understandable," says Woods, whose late grandfather, Earl Woods -- Tiger's father -- first put a club in her hand, aged three. "Some of the biggest frustrations I've had in my career is always being known as someone's relative versus myself. Now I do feel I have my own identity, whether it's the headline or not."
Now in her third year on the LPGA Tour, Woods is not just a golfer with a big name. Much like her 14-time major-winning uncle is to millions around the world, the 28-year-old wants to be an inspiration, to make it easier for black women to follow her path to the tee. "When I was growing up, there wasn't anybody on the LPGA Tour," Woods, the sixth African-American woman to earn a LPGA Tour card, tells CNN Sport. "Obviously, I loved watching Annika Sorenstam and Grace Park, but as a young child looking to someone I could really relate to and have some kind of connection with, I felt that was lacking."
Four African-Americans compete on the LPGA Tour with Mariah Stackhouse, ranked 121 in the world, and Woods the most prominent. Such numbers do not do much to rid golf of the image of a sport for the rich and, predominantly, white; a sport where Clifford Roberts, co-founder of Augusta National, once said: "As long as I'm alive, golfers will be white, and caddies will be black."
More than two decades since Tiger Woods won his first major at the 1997 Masters - a tournament which only welcomed its first black player in 1975 -- his ascent remains an outlier. Only eight African-American women have been members of the LPGA Tour in its 70-year history. "I think it's important for me to at least show representation on Tour," says Woods. "To show that it is possible because that's what Tiger showed me and people like Serena Williams and even WNBA (Women's National Basketball Association) players showed me.
"As a young child you're watching a sport, it almost seems a little unattainable or too far away if you can't have a connection or relate to someone in particular. That's how I felt at least. When you find something you can relate to, you find that's a step forward to, 'I can do it, too' or 'I want to be like her.' If I can provide that for somebody, that's great. Or even if I can get them into watching golf that's great. I'd love that."
Woods believes there is more diversity in the sport now than when she first began playing on Tour in 2014. Programs like The First Tee, she says, have helped. The initiative, funded by the game's biggest bodies in the US, takes the sport to economically disadvantaged areas, helping those aged from 7 to 18.
But an African-American has never won on the women's circuit, and that remains Woods' chief aim.
"There's been huge progress made in the game," she says. "Tiger has had a huge influence on that but, I think, the different programs of making golf accessible and have people introduced to it a little bit more has had a huge influence.
"But, looking forward, there definitely will be [an African-American LPGA winner], whether it's me or Mariah Stackhouse. She's an amazing player out of Stanford University and there are a lot of great college players, so it's exciting.
"It's funny, we all know each other, we're all super close and we're all cheering each other on so it's great to have that support out there with each other and I'm hoping with us now being out on Tour on a more regular basis we're able to inspire other young girls."
Fighting for equality
Successful female golfers are well rewarded -- Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn heads the LPGA Tour money list this season with prize money of $2.2 million -- but the bounty on offer is dwarfed by the rewards enjoyed by their male counterparts.
The men's top-ranked golfer, Dustin Johnson, has taken home more than $7.7 million this term and has won more than $55 million in prize money over his career.
Forbes' recent list of the 50 highest-paid athletes did not include any females which, Woods says, was not a surprise. "It was disappointing to see," she adds.
"It's inspiring to see women like Serena out there dominating her sport and being so successful. I think she's definitely the inspiration of what's possible but, overall, I think the climate of men and women's sports and equal pay there's a lot of improvement to be had."
Progress has been made in golf, she says, and Woods regards the mixed European Tour event in