Patrick Cantlay is not bothered by Brooks Koepka’s criticism of his pace of play at the Masters. The American golfer, who finished tied for 17th at Augusta National, was accused by Koepka of being ‘brutally slow’ and holding up the group behind him.
Koepka, who finished tied for second behind Tiger Woods, told reporters after his final round that he was frustrated by the slow play of some of his competitors. He singled out Cantlay, who took a long time to hit his second shot on the 15th hole on Sunday.
“I don’t think I hit one shot where it was not blowing 20 (mph) in my face or 20 behind me,” Koepka said. “It was tough. It was tough to get a good number. And then you have guys in front of us, they are taking their sweet time. They don’t care what kind of position they are in. They are playing slow and it’s brutal.”
Cantlay, however, defended his decision to take his time on the 15th hole, where he had to lay up after hitting his drive into the pine straw. He said he was waiting for the wind to die down and for the green to clear before hitting his approach shot.
“I think that if you’re playing well on Sunday at the Masters, that’s exactly where you want to be,” Cantlay said. “And if that makes people behind you impatient, then they can get over it. I’m trying to win a golf tournament.”
Cantlay added that he did not think he was playing slow overall and that he did not hear any complaints from his playing partners, Webb Simpson and Tony Finau.
“I think I play plenty fast,” Cantlay said. “I walk very fast. I usually get to my ball before anyone else. And I’m ready when it’s my turn. I don’t waste any time.”
Cantlay also said he respects Koepka as a player and does not take his comments personally.
“I think Brooks is a great player and he’s done a lot of great things in the game,” Cantlay said. “And I understand that he’s competitive and he wants to win just like everybody else. But I don’t think there’s any issue between us.”
Final Thoughts: Patrick Cantlay Responds to Brooks Koepka’s ‘Brutally Slow’ Masters Jibe
The issue of slow play in golf has been a long-standing concern, with players often criticized for taking too much time on the course. In this case, Brooks Koepka’s comments about Patrick Cantlay’s pace of play at the Masters has sparked a debate in the golfing world.
It’s understandable that Koepka was frustrated with slow play, especially when he was in contention to win the tournament. However, it’s also reasonable for Cantlay to take his time on the 15th hole, as he was trying to win the tournament as well. Golf is a mental game, and taking time to prepare for shots is part of the process.
Cantlay’s response was measured and professional. He acknowledged Koepka’s concerns but defended his decision to take his time on that particular shot. He also pointed out that he did not think he was playing slow overall and that he did not hear any complaints from his playing partners.
It’s refreshing to see a player stand up for himself without resorting to name-calling or insults. Cantlay’s comments show that he is focused on playing his best golf and that he does not let criticism distract him from his goals. It’s also good to see that he does not take Koepka’s comments personally and that he respects him as a player.
In conclusion, slow play will always be a concern in golf, and players should make an effort to keep the pace of play moving. However, it’s important to remember that golf is a mental game, and players need to take their time to prepare for shots.
Cantlay’s response to Koepka’s criticism shows that he is a professional who is focused on playing his best golf and that he does not let criticism distract him from his goals.