eight times Patrick Cantlay, PGA Tour winner He seemed unbothered by the criticism that followed his pace at the Masters over the weekend, saying on Tuesday he was also stopped by the group playing in front of him and Viktor Hovland.
Brooks Koepka, who finished second in Augusta National on Sunday, he apparently called out Cantlay when he criticized the group in front of him and eventual winner Jon Rahm.
«Yeah, the group in front of us was brutally slow,» Koepka lamented. «Jon went to the bathroom like seven times during the round, and we were still waiting.»
BROOKS KOEPKA RIPS ‘BRUTALLY SLOW’ PACE OF PLAY AT MASTERS AFTER FINAL ROUND COLLAPSE
The group included Cantlay and Hovland.
Fans took to social media to point out that the norwegian golfer he even seemed annoyed with Cantlay’s pacing, sometimes playing ahead of him.
But Cantlay said Tuesday before RBC Heritage that the day was slow for everyone on the pitch.
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«Yeah, I mean, we finished the first hole, and the group in front of us was on the second tee when we walked to the second tee, and we waited all day on almost every shot,» he told reporters at a news conference. .
«We waited on 15th Street, we waited on 18th Street. So, I guess it was slow for everyone.»
Cantlay, who sits on the Players Advisory Council (PAC), also noted that the course at Augusta National, along with the conditions on the day, contributed to a slower round.
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«Yeah, one thing that’s interesting about being in the PAC is that you get all the numbers and the data, and the rounds have taken about the same amount of time over the last 10 or 20 years that they take today. When you play on a golf course like Augusta National, where all the hole locations are very steep and the greens are really fast, it’s just going to take longer and longer to hole out,» he said.
«So, I think that may have been what was chalked up to some of the slow play on Sunday, and then also when the wind is blowing gusty and maybe inconsistently, that’s when guys are going to take a lot of time as well. I think that’s just the nature of playing professional golf, where every shot matters so much.»