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Brooks Koepka Has Another Message For Slow Players On PGA Tour

A closeup of Brooks Koepka on the golf course.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 12: Brooks Koepka of the United States walks on the second hole during the second round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Brooks Koepka did not hold back last month when JB Holmes took too much time to take a swing during The Open Championship. Ahead of The Northern Trust this week, Koepka had a message for the decision-makers who let slow golfers go unimpeded.

Speaking to this week, Koepka and Rory McIlroy made their disdain for slow golfing known. Koepka expressed his frustration at waiting upwards of 15 minutes for a partner to make a tee shot.

“I don’t think anybody likes waiting,” Koepka said. “Especially if you’re going to be sitting on a tee box for 15 minutes to hit your tee shot. I get that you can take a long time for your thought process, but once you’re done thinking about, just go. What else is there to do? That’s been the problem I have.”

The four-time major winner feels that the issue of slow golfing has "gotten out of hand." He dismissed the notion of players needing excessive time to be mentally ready and said that he's managed to do fine with only 15 seconds to set up.

“I think it’s just gotten out of hand,” Koepka said. “It seems now that there are so many sports psychologists and everybody telling everybody that they can’t hit it until they are ready; that you have to fully process everything. I mean, I take 15 seconds and go, and I’ve done all right.”

At The Open Championship, Koepka's frustration at JB Holmes' lengthy strokes was visible. There was even speculation that Holmes' slowness and the frustration from it contributed to Koepka failing to win.

As for McIlroy, he actually proposed a solution for the issue: Warnings and a clock.

“For me, I think the guys that are slow are the guys that get too many chances before they are penalized. So it should be a warning and then a shot,” McIlroy said. “It should be you’re put on the clock and that is your warning, and then if you get a bad time while on the clock, it’s a shot. That will stamp it out right away.”

“I don’t understand why we can’t just implement that,” McIlroy continued. “We are not children that need to be told five or six times what to do. Okay, you’re on the clock, okay, I know if I play slowly here, I’m going to get penalized and I think that’s the way forward.”

Koepka, McIlroy, and Matt Kuchar will be in a group together to start The Northern Trust this weekend.