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Brooks Koepka warns Tiger Woods before Masters comeback

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Woods is in Augusta and decides if he can play this year’s Masters (Photo: Getty)

Brooks Koepka has warned Tiger Woods of a ‘difficult week’ in Augusta as the 15-time major champion flirts with a comeback at the Masters on Thursday.

Woods, who has been out of action since suffering disabling foot and leg injuries in a car accident last February, is training in Georgia this week in an effort to get ready for the first major of the year.

A return from Woods would be a massive boost for golf, but Koepka – the four-time major winner – says with his long and hilly fairways that Augusta is one of golf’s most stressful courses and that Woods should be in shape just for to get round 18 holes.

“It’s very difficult,” Koepka said. ‘It’s hard enough to walk, and from the hours before to the hours after, it was some of the longest days.

‘I do not know everything he goes through. His (injury) was much worse than mine, so I’m not trying to compare it. I just know that it is difficult to go here when you do not have the same body parts that you are used to.

Woods famously won the 2008 US Open on virtually one leg as he pushed his way through the pain of two stress fractures to achieve a 14th major triumph over Rocco Mediate.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 04: Brooks Koepka crosses the seventh hole during the third round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 4, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Cliff Hawkins / Getty Images)

Koepka says Augusta can be an exhausting course to walk around (Photos: Getty)

14 years later, Koepka – who has suffered some of his own injury problems in recent years – believes Woods can draw on past experience and will find it difficult to reject the appeal by playing major golf.

“It’s a big championship,” Koepka said. ‘It’s Augusta. It does not matter how much pain you have – you find a way.

‘He finds out a way. If anyone can do it, he can do it. ‘

Woods, who has won the Masters five times, last appeared on Augusta in November 2020, finishing in 38th place.

Last November, Floridian said he was looking at playing a reduced schedule and trying to peak for the big events, just as Ben Hogan did after his own car accident in 1949.

“To set in motion a few events a year, as I alluded to yesterday, as Mr. Hogan did, he did a pretty good job, and there’s no reason why I can not do it and feel ready. , “said Woods.

‘I know the recipe for it, I just need to get to a point where I feel comfortable enough where I can do it again.’

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