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Did Brooks Koepka ghost Tiger Woods ahead of The Open Championship?

When Brooks Koepka was growing up, Tiger Woods was on top of the golf world. And while Tiger is still the most recognizable golfer on the planet, it’s Brooks Koepka who holds the title as the world’s number one ranked golfer.

As golf fans everywhere set their eyes on Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland ahead of this week’s major championship, Koepka has a unique advantage heading into the event. Koepka’s caddie, Ricky Elliot, is actually a member of the club and knows the course as well as anyone.

“Every hole I just step up on: ‘You tell me what to do. You’ve played it more than anybody,’” Koepka said. “So I just let him figure it out. He knows his spots to miss it, the spots to come in from. I’ll definitely have a little bit more confidence having him on the bag this week, knowing this golf course so well.”

Woods, on the other hand, had never seen this particular course before this week. In hopes of learning the nuances of the track better before the tournament, Woods reached out to Koepka asking if he would like to play a practice round with him.

“I said, ‘Hey, dude, do you mind if I tag along and play a practice round?’” Woods said with a grin. “I’ve heard nothing.”

During his pre-tournament press conference, Koepka also chimed in on why he performs so well in major championship compared to regular events.

“I just practice before the majors,” Koepka said. “Regular tournaments, I don’t practice. If you see me on TV, that’s when I play golf.”

While the comment was almost certainly made in jest, it was a phenomenal answer to a question he has received hundreds of times over the past year or so.

Koepka enters The Open with the second-best odds of winning it at 10-1 just behind Northern Ireland native Rory McIlroy who enters at 8-1.

It will be interesting to see how Koepka’s plan of ghosting Tiger and actually practicing for the event plays out in the final major of 2019.


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