Koepka Questions 'Frustrating' JB Holmes' Slow Play

The World Number One says players should be ready to hit when it's their turn

Koepka Questions 'Frustrating' JB Holmes' Slow Play

The World Number One says players should be ready to hit when it's their turn

Koepka Questions 'Frustrating' JB Holmes' Slow Play

Brooks Koepka has spoken out on slow play a couple of times already this year and more comments on the issue were inevitable after round four of the Open Championship after he was paired with JB Holmes.

Holmes is synonymous with slow play an was heavily criticised after his Genesis Open victory at Riviera, and he wasn't the quickest today whilst going round in 87 strokes in the heavy rain and gusty wind at Royal Portrush.

Surpsingly, Koepka wasn't too negative with his comments regarding JB Holmes after their round but he did question his fellow American's lack of proactiveness when it comes to preparing for shots.

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"I'm ready to go most of the time," the four-time Major winner said.

"That's what I don't understand when it's your turn to hit, your glove is not on, then you start thinking about it, that's where the problem lies.

"It's not that he [JB Holmes] takes that long.

"He doesn't do anything until his turn.

"That's the frustrating part. But he's not the only one that does it out here.

"It was slow, but it wasn't that bad for his usual pace.

"I thought it was relatively quick for what he usually does.

Koepka said similar things about Bryson DeChambeau earlier this year about him not being ready when it is his turn.

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"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," he told the Golf Monthly Clubhouse podcast.

The American finished T4th after shooting +3 in the final round, a very decent score when you consider that he began with four bogeys in a row.

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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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