Brooks Koepka conquered heart and mind on Sunday at the British Open despite defeat. This is a line normally reserved for the hackneyed TV essay about the class or heart of an athlete. In this case, it is only an indication that Koepka rejects the delights of playing golf with a colleague. Koepka's DGAF ability has always been an element in his approach, but when he rose to the top of the game and won four major championships, he felt much more comfortable talking about it. He does not care about the sensitivity of other players or some unwritten gentleman traditions of the game.
Koepka is in a place where he feels like he can call other players to slow play or "behave like a kid," as he characterized Sergio Garcia earlier in the year. So when the Sunday tee-off came out and we saw that Koepka was paired with J. B. Holmes, the potential for discord or a disturbed Brooksy increased significantly.
Holmes is a tremendously slow player. Everyone on tour knows that. TV coverage knows it. The hundreds of golf watchers who twitter angrily know it. And he is not a sneaky slow player. It is noticeable and agonizing.
It started on the first tee on Sunday when, surprisingly, Holmes did not know which club to beat. He came second to Koepka and 58 seconds elapsed after the first announcer hit his name and iron hit the ball. Koepka took 23 seconds. NBC announcer Paul Azinger, who likes Holmes very much after his 2008 Ryder Cup win, added: "He needed to know which club he would meet for 23 hours!" Holmes, however, pulled the ball out of front of a double flank sailed out bordered. To hit two from the first tee certainly would not accelerate the game, but Holmes increased the playing time by switching and then the bat for the second tee.
The first false start of the tee set the tone for the whole day. Holmes had not even come to his endless plummet procedure, and Koepka was probably already out of patience. But then Brooksy started with four straight bogies and a small reservoir in which Holmes could keep pace. There was this short film that lasted four seconds but with a protagonist and an antagonist, a beginning, a middle and a lot at the end.
Apparently, Koepka's disgust for the Lot Prince went beyond pure external reactions. According to Will Gray of Golf Channel, he also pointed to a supposed clock.
Koepka stares at an officer and points to his nonexistent watch.
] ̵1; Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) July 21, 2019
This is just not a wall that often falls down in professional golf when a player actively presses for the official rules to do something against his playing partner. The players usually work together and merge against the official rules of the game.
After the round, Koepka turned to the pace and tried to impart his problems in an objective way. "I'm ready to go most of the time," he said. "That's what I do not understand when it's your turn, your glove off, then think about it, that's the problem, it's not that it takes him so long, he does not do anything until That's the frustrating part, but he's not the only one doing this out here. "
He does not get a subjective" feel "when playing a punch that varies from player to player. He knows exactly what every single player can do, regardless of how he plays a shot. Put on your glove and be ready to go. This seems to be particularly difficult for Holmes, and his win at one of the best and most watched events in the PGA Tour, the Genesis Open on the Riviera, has turned into a shame at the beginning of this year.
The imitation of a watch may escape the usual treatment of a golf professional, but here is for the benefit of the general public. Koepka is now a leader in the game, well beyond his No. 1 world ranking. "When I am in a group, we will definitely be at the same pace," he said after the round. "Normally, I'm ready to go as soon as the man's ball falls." Whether intended or not, he does his part to alleviate a problem that interferes with the observability of his sport.
It did not help Holmes needed 87 shots on Sunday to get into the clubhouse. The fact that he sat next to an irritated Koepka probably did not make it easier to play pressurized Major Championship golf in challenging weather. But playing golf in the given time is a skill, as perfectly explained here. There are some who can do better in the suggested time (40 seconds) than others, and if you can not, they should be negatively affected. It brings those with greater skill, those who can play the great punches in the time you should, with slowed down rhythm and at a disadvantage. How backward is that?
Brooks hinted at this mismatch earlier this year as he waved the governing bodies to punish the slow game by "not having the balls." "I find it strange how we have rules to make sure it falls off the knee or the caddy can not be behind you, and then there's a rule that you have to hit in 40 seconds, but this is not enforced, "he said. "You enforce some, but you do not enforce the others."
Slugger White, official representative of the PGA Tour, said in an interview recently that he will not impose slow-motion fears because he worries about the potential impact. how to take money from a player's pocket that could go to a meal (no doubt a fancy) or to the kids school (most likely an expensive private school). Koepka's actions on Sunday may seem cold, but changing the pace of the gameplay problem will not be warm-hearted. There is need for open and sharp criticism of slow players and those who are aggravating the problem, including the PGA Tour officials and the governing bodies that lead these majors and refuse to sentence them. If punishments are not counted, their faster, high-profile colleagues like Koepka may have to put pressure and shame on them.