Tiger Woods told reporters Tuesday he had reached out to Brooks Koepka to congratulate him on his second-place finish at the U.S. Open and to see if he wanted to have a practice round before the Open Championship.
Woods' message was left unread.
“I texted him congratulations on another great finish, and I said 'hey dude, you mind if I tag along and play a practice round'? I've heard nothing,” Woods said.
Koepka gave a simple reason for snubbing woods: He doesn’t practice.
“I just practice before the majors,” he said. “Regular tournaments I don't practice. If you've seen me on TV, that’s when I play golf.”
The Open Championship, also known as the British Open, tees off Thursday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
Koepka starts his day with an 8:04 a.m. ET tee time. Woods will start his first round at 10:10 a.m. ET.
According to Bet-NJ.com, Koepka is a 10-1 shot to win the major and Woods is at 16-1 odds.