It wasn’t the best week for Brooks Koepka. Not only did he lose his number one ranking in the world but he also was featured in a thong with his girlfriend while on vacation. But let’s forget about all that for a second and ask Brooks, “Why You Mad Bro?”
But before I criticize him, I think I agree with Koepka.
One of the biggest issues that the PGA TOUR is facing right now is the pace of play. There are several players who are deliberate with their approach, which slows down the game for other players and fans who want to enjoy the action. Many players have come out to defend the slower pace of play that has been prevalent in recent years but Koepka is not one of those players.
Koepka was asked about the pace of play issue this week, specifically related to how long it took Bryson DeChambeau to finally hit his ball this past weekend at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. For context, DeChambeau went through a lengthy pre-shot ritual that had fans and commentators counting the seconds and minutes it took for him to take his shot. Koepka was not thrilled.
Check this out; it would drive any golfer nuts.
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) January 27, 2019
He didn’t call out DeChambeau in particular but addressed the issue as a whole. “I just don’t understand how it takes a minute and 20 seconds, a minute and 15 to hit a golf ball; it’s not that hard,” Koepka said. “It’s always between two clubs; there’s a miss short, there’s a miss long. It really drives me nuts especially when it’s a long hitter because you know you’ve got two other guys or at least one guy that’s hitting before you so you can do all your calculations; you should have your numbers.”
DeChambeau in his defense also addressed his specific example this week. “It’s actually quite impressive that we’re able to get all that stuff done in 45 seconds; people don’t realize that it’s very difficult to do everything we do in 45 seconds,” DeChambeau said on Tuesday. “I think that anybody that has an issue with it, I understand, but we’re playing for our livelihoods out here, and this is what we want to do. If we want to provide the best entertainment for you, it’s part of our process, or it’s part of my process, at least.”
While this sets up a sort of Team Brooks or Team Bryson situation, I think everyone would agree that pace of play as a whole is a huge problem. Both players will participate in the European Tour’s event in Saudi Arabia this week but aren’t playing together to start. If they end up playing together in the final rounds, it will certainly be interesting to see how that dynamic works out.
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