John Daly - who says he can't walk more than six holes of a golf course anymore - got approval to use a cart in the PGA Championship this week because of arthritis in his knee, in a telephone interview with the Associated Press, Daly said, "I hope I don't get a lot of grief from the fans".
Woods, however, made a short, sharp comment when asked about Daly's use of a cart, which has been whipping up a storm in America.
"To tie Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus with five wins would be a very special accomplishment", Woods said.
Woods was battling a career-threatening back injury at the time and did not qualify for the United States team.
Woods added that "there's a lot of property" at the 7,459-yard course on Long Island.
The 26-year-old world No 5 won his only major title in the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, but will be unable to mount a challenge this year.
Woods, who has not been world number one since March 2013, has spent a record 683 weeks atop the rankings.
Amusing enough, it turns out he got grief from one guy: Tiger Woods.
Las Vegas Westgate Superbook oddsmakers have Woods as a 10-1 co-favorite with Johnson and two-time US Open victor Koepka with four-time major champion Rory McIlroy just behind at 12-1.
Woods will go for a fifth Wanamaker Trophy at this week's PGA Championship and next month he will bid for a fourth U.S. Open trophy at Pebble Beach.
"I just know that if I play well in the big events like I did this year, things will take care of itself".
Woods had fallen to 1,199th in the world rankings in December 2017 after spinal fusion surgery as a last-ditch move to ease nagging back pain that made simple movements hard.
Nick Faldo, the victor of six majors and a CBS analyst, was critical of the decision to allow Daly, the 1995 British Open champion, to ride.
That set the stage for Woods to win his fifth Masters green jacket. As a former British Open champion, he also has an exemption for that event until he's 60, though he did not play last year's tournament.
"It consistently has the strongest field in golf and I'm disappointed to not be among those competing this year, but I'm optimistic about a return in the near future".