LIV Star takes shot at fellow competitor post-Masters

Brooks Koepka, 2023 Masters,(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Brooks Koepka, 2023 Masters,(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

The Runner-up at this year’s Masters was quick to take a not-so-subtle shot at a fellow competitor on Sunday. 

The worst round of Brooks Koepka’s 2023 Masters came on Sunday, and this year’s co-runner-up gave a not-so-subtle hint as to why that may have been the case following his round on Sunday.

A closing round of 75 on Sunday not only ended Brooks’ pursuit of the Green Jacket this year, but it was also his worst round of the week.

Three dropped shots on his opening nine quickly saw the four-time major champion’s lead over eventual winner Jon Rahm evaporate. Koepka’s closing nine was only marginally better.

He made his first birdie of the final round on the Par 5 13th at Augusta National but was unable to keep his card clean dropping an additional three shots before signing off with a 75 and conceding the year’s first major to the Spaniard. 

Now, it seems as though something got under Koepka’s skin during his final round and he was all too happy to point it out when talking to the media after this year’s Masters.

Brooks Koepka was critical of the pace of play on Sunday at The Masters.

Koepka is notorious for playing quick rounds of golf and he has not been shy about criticizing those who slow him down in the past.

When asked about the pace of play on Sunday at this year’s Masters, Brooks was more than happy to share his thoughts on the matter once again.

“Yeah, the group in front of us was brutally slow. Jon went to the bathroom like seven times during
the round, and we were still waiting,” Koepka said.

The group playing in front of Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm during the final round of this year’s Masters consisted of Viktor Hovland, who also struggled on Sunday shooting a final round 74, and Patrick Cantlay.

In complete contrast to Koepka, Patrick is known for his slow pace of play, something that has irked fans, media, and fellow players for quite some time now. 

Judging by Brooks’, not to so subtle comments, Patrick was up to his ‘old tricks’ once again on Sunday.

And Koepka wasn’t the only one to notice.

Cantlay had a terrific third round at this year’s Masters firing off a four under-68 that sent him flying up the leaderboard and to within five shots of the lead heading into the final round.

Unfortunately for Patrick, and it turns out the groups around him, his final round didn’t go quite as well. Cantlay signed off with a 75 to end his Masters campaign in a share for T14th.

Perhaps his pace of play was detrimental to him as well on Sunday.

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Regardless of whether or not Patrick’s pace of play actually derailed Koepka’s quest for a Green Jacket, the simple matter of fact is that Brooks thinks it did. Safe to say those two won’t be hanging out anytime soon.