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Brooks Koepka expresses his frustration over J.B. Holmes’ slow play at The Open

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Brooks Koepka began 2019 by calling out golf’s authorities for their lack of action over the slow play issue surrounding the game, and on Sunday at the Open Championship, the 29-year-old appeared visibly agitated over the speed of playing partner J.B. Holmes.

The two men teed off at 1.37 PM local time in the final round, and from their opening tee shots of the day, which Holmes would take significantly longer to play than his compatriot, it appeared the two could be in for an uncomfortable day with each other.

For the most part during Sunday’s final round, on the course, Koepka was to keep whatever frustrations which were bubbling under the surface to himself.

However, coming off the 12th green, the four-time major champ was seen staring at a rules official while motioning to his imaginary wristwatch, and on another occasion, the American looked less than impressed as his playing partner went through his deliberate putting routine.

Following their round, the 29-year-old was quick to point out that Holmes is far from being the only slow player on Tour, but explained what his biggest gripe was with the Kentuckian on Sunday at Royal Portrush – his inability to prepare when it wasn’t his turn.

“There are a lot of slow guys out here, that’s not the first time I’ve done it, especially when you’ve got a walking official with you. I’m ready to go most of the time.

That’s what I don’t understand when it’s your turn to hit, your glove is not on, then you start thinking about it, that’s where the problem lies. It’s not that he takes that long. He doesn’t do anything until his turn. That’s the frustrating part. But he’s not the only one that does it out here.”

Holmes’ nightmare performance didn’t help his pace of play as he struggled mightily in the harsh conditions during Sunday’s final round. The 37-year-old shot an 87 – 16 over par to move from third place at the start of the day to fourth last on six over.

Koepka had some sympathy for Holmes’ struggles in the wind and rain in Northern Ireland, but despite this, the Florida native made it clear that he still found the pace at times too slow.

“He had a rough day, but JB is a slow player. We were on pace for 13 holes, but if I’m in the group we’re going to be on pace no matter what. But there were some times where I thought it was slow.”

Koepka’s final round of 74 secured a T4 finish for the four-time major champ to complete an exceptional year at the major tournaments which included a win at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in May.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

10 Comments

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  1. john

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    How about outlawing lines on golfballs, either by manufacturer or by sharpie? The niggling with the ball to get it lined up just so for putts is ridiculous and was never part of the game until maybe 10 years ago.

  2. Bruce Helbig

    Jul 23, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Koepka is spot on with this issue. The tour won’t penalize anyone other than the 14 yoa amateur at Augusta. Hit it, find it, hit it again. It’s not complicated.

    • Bruce Helbig

      Jul 23, 2019 at 9:30 am

      Addendum to this is: Where is ones place on the course? It is not in front of the group behind you. It is immediately behind the group in FRONT of you. If the green is empty when you reach the tee, move it! You should be within one shot of the group in front of you. Again, move it.

  3. Jack Nash

    Jul 22, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Hey, remember Holmes used to be sllllllooooooowwwwer. He’s actually quicker than he used to be. I agree with Koepka 100%. The Tour don’t have the ballz to start penalizing players, unless of course they’re #450 .

  4. Roo

    Jul 22, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    JB Holmes is a joke. He is selfish like all slow players. I did not shed a tear when he ended up shooting 87. Bring on the shot clock!!

  5. Tom54

    Jul 22, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Sergio overcame his regripping phase,Kevin Na also fixed his figitty problem too. JB looks like he needs to figure out something cause he is absolutely painful to watch. I hate to say it but I was not too bothered that he checked in with an 87 yesterday.

  6. jamho3

    Jul 22, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Tactfully said by BK

  7. Dan

    Jul 22, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Spot on “That’s what I don’t understand when it’s your turn to hit, your glove is not on, then you start thinking about it, that’s where the problem lies. It’s not that he takes that long. He doesn’t do anything until his turn.”

    It’s okay to be slower but be ready

  8. Alex

    Jul 22, 2019 at 11:05 am

    You are calling Koepka mentally weak? Ha good one, playing slow is the most annoying thing in golf and there’s no reason for it.

  9. ht

    Jul 22, 2019 at 10:03 am

    mentally weak

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Titleist responds to USGA and R&A’s Distance Insights Report

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Titleist has responded to the USGA and R&A’s ‘Distance Insights Report’ saying in-part that the governing bodies are focusing too much on the men’s professional game, and are undervaluing the skill of the game’s elite.

In a written statement titled “A Perspective on the Distance Insights Report”, David Maher, CEO and president of Titleist’s parent company, Acushnet, wrote

“We believe the conclusions drawn in this Report undervalue the skill and athleticism of the game’s very best players and focus far too much on the top of the men’s professional game and project this on golf and golfers as a whole.”

Maher stressed that the current equipment regulations are sufficient in halting any significant increases going forward by the longest hitters in the game, and believes that any changes implemented that could see a local rule put in place, would be a wrong move.

“The existing equipment regulations allow professional and amateur golfers to play by the same unified set of rules, with the same equipment, and on the same courses. We believe that playing by a unified set of rules coalesces our game, is an essential part of its global understanding and appeal, and eliminates the inconsistency and inability that would come from multiple sets of equipment standards.”

The use of technology to bring younger people into the sport and aid the longevity of golfers was also highlighted by Maher who said

“Golf is bringing younger players into the game sooner and keeping older players longer than ever; professional golf is as dynamic and entertaining as it’s ever been; and the game remains a healthy challenge for all players and at all levels.”

Read the full written statement here.

 

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