Koepka has dominated the Majors this season by winning the US PGA and finishing runner-up to Woods at the Masters, with a further second place at the US Open. It means Koepka, winner of the PGA last year, has not finished outside the top two at the past four Majors.
And Woods said: “I texted Brooksy congratulations on another great finish. What he’s done at the last four Major championships has been unbelievable, to be so consistent. He’s been in contention to win each and every Major championship.”
Laughing at the rejection, Woods said he had messaged his countryman to ask: “Mind if I tag along and play a practice round? I’ve heard nothing.”
Woods has not played a competitive round since the US Open and has reduced his schedule to just five tournaments in four months, raising questions about his readiness for a tilt at a fourth Open win.
He downplayed any fresh injury fears and said: “I played too much last year. This year I made a conscious effort to cut back to make sure I don’t play too much.
“I want to play as long as I can. If I play a lot I won’t be out there that long. It’s about working out how much I can play and getting ready. The tricky part is trying to work out how much tournament play I need to get a feel for the shots, but understanding where my body is.”