Brooks Koepka hits out at Holmes over pace of play

Brooks Koepka

After his worst major finish of the season – a tie for fourth – Brooks Koepka has criticised JB Holmes’ pace of play in the final round of the Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

Koepka, whose US PGA victory at Bethpage was sandwiched between runner-up finishes at the Masters and US Open, was seen looking at a rules official and pointing at an imaginary watch on his wrist as his frustrations bubbled over on the 12th.

After initially saying his fellow American “wasn’t that bad”, Koepka twisted the knife.

• Shane-sational Lowry wins The Open

• RATED! The Post-Open Report Card is in!

“I'm ready to go most of the time,” said the 29-year-old. “What I don't understand is when it's your turn to hit, your glove is not on, then you start thinking about it, that's where the problem lies.

• WITB - Shane Lowry's Open-winning bag

“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.”

Jb Holmes

Holmes was caught taking ten practice swings on the first tee and backed away from his opening shot of the day twice, before spraying one of bounds en route to a double-bogey start. It only got worse from there and he went on to shoot the highest final round in The Open since 1966 – a miserable 16-over 87.

• MacIntyre: This has been a dream come true

Koepka, who has been outspoken about slow play several times already this year, added: “He had a rough day. But JB is a slow player.”

• Where will next year's men's major take place?

He also had harsh words for the PGA Tour’s handling of speed matters.

“The European Tour does an unbelievable job with the pace of play, posting it in the locker rooms,” said Koepka. “The PGA doesn't do that.”

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
WHO WOULD USE THIS GOLF CLUB? | TaylorMade 300 Mini Driver review
TaylorMade
play button
4 IRON TIPS IN UNDER 3 MINUTES
Andrew Jowett
play button
BUDDIES TRIP | Does Adare Manor live up to the hype?
Adare Manor
play button
£519 DRIVER vs £150 DRIVER | What's the difference?
Titleist
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Three matches, zero points - what the hell has happened to Rory McIlroy?
Ryder Cup: USA on brink of victory at Whistling Straits
Former Ryder Cup captain hits out at Bryson DeChambeau for "gimme" strop
Ryder Cup: Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger SWEAR at officials after ruling
7 contenders to be the next European Ryder Cup captain

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
How to transition your weight with Peter Barber
Callaway
play button
Increase your speed through the ball
Callaway
play button
Good balance is key to more consistency
Callaway
play button
Fix your grip with Denis Pugh
Watch
See all videos right arrow