Koepka bemoans ‘brutally slow’ Cantlay and Hovland group

Ronan MacNamara

Brooks Koepka after his opening round at Augusta - Masters media

The final two-ball of Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka took almost five hours to play the final round of the Masters on Sunday with Patrick Cantlay becoming the scapegoat for slow play, not for the first time.

Rahm and Koepka could be seen waiting on several tee boxes throughout the final round with the group in front seemingly loitering and failing to play at an adequate pace.

Cantlay appears to be the main culprit as his playing partner Viktor Hovland could be seen walking ahead of Cantlay when playing shots from the fairway and the most obvious moment of who the slowcoach was came when the Norwegian played his third shot from adjacent to the 13th green before Cantlay had walked onto the putting surface.


Koepka finished in a share of second place with Phil Mickelson but one of the jarring images from Sunday was the four-time major winner and Rahm casting death stares at Cantlay and Hovland from the 16th tee.

“The group in front of us was brutally slow,” Koepka said in his post round press conference.

“Jon went to the bathroom like seven times during the round, and we were still waiting.”

Cantlay’s pre-shot routing can be ponderous to put it kindly as he seems to take an age to get comfortable over the ball particularly on the greens as he shuffles his feet repeatedly.


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