Woodward didn't opt to follow in his brother's footsteps at Penn State and his mother and father played tennis at East Tennessee State. Woody prefers warmer weather to that in Happy Valley.
Much of his improvement is credited to Jay, but not the speedy side of his game. The older Woodward is more "analytical," while Woody steps up and hits the ball. Jay Woodward had a season-best T4 in March at the Colleton River Collegiate and was an All-Big Ten Academic All-American.
"He's a little more analytical," said Woody, who finished Hilton Head Prep with a 4.7 grade point average. "I'm a little more look and shoot. My dad likes to say, if golf stuff doesn't work out I definitely could be the salesman and he'll be keeping the books.
"When I play a practice round, I get all my sites, I get all my numbers and that's what I go on," Woody said. "I know what I'm hitting off every tee. I step up, take a few practice swings, make sure I have my targets and I just don't take too much time over the ball."
Otherwise, his older brother has helped Woody sharpen his game, but mostly in ball striking and around the greens - Jay's specialty.
"He's helped me pretty much in all aspects," Woody said. "In the large part, he's one of the better iron players out there. The last six or eight months we pretty much changed my whole setup, changed my whole swing.
"The other thing is chipping. If you go watch him, he's probably the best chipper out there. I'm trying to get it close and he's looking to make it. I'm getting to the point where I don't care where I am, I'm just looking to make it."
He's making it and is challenging for the top of the 80th Open leaderboard.
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