Eight-time PGA Tour winner Patrick Cantlay appeared unbothered by the criticism that adopted his tempo on the Masters over the weekend, saying Tuesday that he was additionally held up by the group taking part in forward of him and Viktor Hovland.
Brooks Koepka, who completed second at Augusta Nationwide on Sunday, seemingly referred to as out Cantlay when he criticized the group forward of him and eventual winner Jon Rahm.
Brooks Koepka walks on the primary gap throughout the last spherical of the 2023 Masters Event at Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership in Augusta, Georgia, on Sunday. (Christian Petersen/Getty Photographs)
“Yeah, the group in entrance of us was brutally sluggish,” Koepka lamented. “Jon went to the lavatory like seven instances throughout the spherical, and we have been nonetheless ready.”
BROOKS KOEPKA RIPS ‘BRUTALLY SLOW’ PACE OF PLAY AT MASTERS FOLLOWING FINAL ROUND COLLAPSE
The group included Cantlay and Hovland.
Followers took to social media to level out that the Norwegian golfer even appeared upset with Cantlay’s tempo, typically taking part in forward of him.
However Cantlay stated Tuesday forward of the RBC Heritage that the day was sluggish for everybody on the course.
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“Yeah, I imply, we completed the primary gap, and the group in entrance of us was on the second tee after we walked as much as the second tee, and we waited all day on just about each shot,” he informed reporters at a press convention.
“We waited in 15 fairway, we waited in 18 fairway. So, I think about it was sluggish for everybody.”
Cantlay, who sits on the Participant Advisory Council (PAC), additionally famous that the course at Augusta Nationwide, coupled with the situations of the day, contributed to a slower spherical.
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“Yeah, one factor that’s attention-grabbing sitting on the PAC is you get all of the numbers and the information, and rounds have taken about the identical size of time for the final 10 or 20 years that they at present take. Once you play a golf course like Augusta Nationwide the place all the opening places are on a lot of slope and the greens are actually quick, it’s simply going to take longer and longer to gap out,” he stated.
“So, I believe that will have been what attributed to among the sluggish play on Sunday, after which additionally when the wind is gusting and the wind is blowing perhaps inconsistently, that’s when guys will take a very long time, too. I believe that’s simply the character of taking part in skilled golf, the place each shot issues a lot.”