By Keith Jackson at Royal Portrush
Final Up to date: 21/07/19 7:24pm
Brooks Koepka hit out at enjoying accomplice JB Holmes for his gradual tempo of play in the course of the remaining spherical of The Open at Royal Portrush.
Koepka accomplished an impressive main season with one win, two runner-up completed and a tie for fourth this week, his greatest end result within the Open by a distance which he believes might have been higher had it not been for a irritating efficiency on the greens.
The world No 1 began Sunday with seven photographs to make up on Shane Lowry, however he successfully took himself out of rivalry when he bogeyed the opening 4 holes earlier than enjoying the remaining in a single underneath to salvage a 74 and end degree with Lee Westwood on six underneath.
However he was quizzed by reporters after tapping his wrist in a gesture in the direction of the official following their pairing as he and Holmes left the 12th inexperienced, hinting that he felt his fellow American was enjoying too slowly, though Holmes did require 87 photographs to get spherical on a horrific day for the 36-hole joint-leader.
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“He had a rough day, but JB is a slow player,” mentioned the four-time main winner. “There have been some occasions the place I thought it was gradual, however there are a number of gradual guys out right here. It isn’t the primary time I’ve carried out it, particularly while you’ve bought a strolling official with you.
“We had been on tempo for 13 holes. However I imply, if I’m in a gaggle, we’ll be on tempo it doesn’t matter what. I’m normally able to go, as quickly because the man’s ball is coming down.
“I just always play, 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 just 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 drew widespread criticism for his painstaking tempo of play throughout his victory on the Genesis Open in February, and Koepka believes the PGA Tour ought to be taught classes from their European Tour counterparts in terms of dashing up the gamers.
He added: “The European Tour does an unbelievable job with the pace of play, posting it in the locker rooms. The PGA doesn’t do that.”
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