Patrick Cantlay has once again been criticized for his pace of play, this time after the RBC Heritage. The golfer calling him? This year’s winner, Matt Fitzpatrick.

He winner of the US Open 2022, who was playing Cantlay and Jordan Spieth in the final round of the Heritage, expressed «strong opinions» about their pace during last week’s tournament.

England’s Matt Fitzpatrick plays his shot from the first tee during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Golf Course on March 4, 2023 in Orlando, Florida. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

«If you’re in a three ball, in my opinion, you should be round in 4 hours, 4½ hours absolute max. It’s a shame to get anywhere near that. You’re talking 5 hours 15 minutes, 5½ hours at some point.» places, and it’s really scary,» Fitzpatrick said, via Sky Sports.

PATRICK CANTLAY ADDRESSES THE CRITICISMS ABOUT THE PACE OF PLAY AT THE MASTERS: «WE WAIT ALL DAY ON PRETTY EVERY SHOT»

They finished their round in about five hours.

«The problem is this conversation has gone on for years and years and nobody has done anything, so I feel like it’s almost a waste of time to talk about it,» Fitzpatrick said. «I have strong opinions, but no one is going to do anything about it.»

Patrick Cantlay and Viktor Hovland during the final round of the Masters

Patrick Cantlay of the United States, left, and Viktor Hovland of Norway on the first green during the final round of the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2023 in Augusta, Georgia. (Patricio Smith/Getty Images)

Cantlay was asked about those comments during a press conference on Wednesday before the 2023 Zurich Classic and admitted that while he is «slower» than the average player, he has not received any warning from the PGA tour.

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«I’ve played the last two tournaments and my group hasn’t been warned at all. So we’ve been in position the whole time,» Cantlay said. «I don’t know how you would want even the groups I’ve been in to play faster when our groups are in position and they can’t go faster because the group in front of us is right in front of us.

«I’m definitely slower than average, I’ve been my whole career. I definitely take my time. And when I hit my ball off a bulkhead, I’ll definitely take my time to make sure I make the right call and try.» to return the ball to the right place.

Patrick Cantlay speaks in front of RBC Heritage

Patrick Cantlay speaks to the media before the RBC Heritage at Harbor Town Golf Links on April 11, 2023 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. (Tracy Wilcox/PGA Tour via Getty Images)

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Brooks Koepka, who finished second in Augusta National earlier this month, he was the first to call out Cantlay when he criticized Cantlay’s group, which played ahead of Koepka 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.»

Cantlay said no Tour player has approached him about his pace, but added: «I’d love to talk to them about it.»