There are golf fanatics who can’t get enough of the sport, whether playing it themselves or watching it. Then there are people who can’t get into golf because they think it’s too slow and boring.
Even Brooks Koepka, one of the world’s top golfers, thinks there’s one part of the game that is frustrating and should be changed. And it’s a change that could potentially get more members of the general public interested in golf to make it more mainstream and less of a niche sport. Here’s a look at what Koepka doesn’t like about golf and what he wants to do about it.
Some golfers play too slowly
Brooks Koepka’s biggest complaint about golf is that it can move too slowly. He doesn’t take a lot of time between his shots, and he gets irritated when his fellow golfers do.
Koepka had one of his worst rounds of the year in the final round of the British Open, but some people may still have been cheering him for what he was doing during the round. He was teamed up with J.B. Holmes, a notoriously slow player, and Koepka’s frustration started from the first hole.
Koepka took 23 seconds to take his first shot, but Holmes needed more than twice that time, waiting 58 seconds to strike the ball with his iron. Later in the round, Koepka looked at a tournament official and pointed to an imaginary watch on his wrist, to indicate how long he felt it was taking Holmes to play.
This isn’t the first time Brooks Koepka has called out a peer
It’s not just slow play that gets on Brooks Koepka’s nerves, and the British Open wasn’t the first time Koepka was noticeably upset by one of his peers.
Earlier in the year, he took his frustration out on Sergio Garcia. After the Spaniard was disqualified for a meltdown that damaged as many as five greens, Koepka called out Garcia and accused him of “acting like a child,” going on to say that Garcia was showing “no respect” to the other golfers “or anybody else.”
Koepka, who finished that Saudi Arabian tournament in 57th place, said there wasn’t an issue with the course and noted that tournament winner Dustin Johnson “didn’t have a problem with it,” implying that Garcia was the lone golfer in that tournament who had problems with the course. Garcia later apologized for his outburst.
Unfortunately for Brooks Koepka, change won’t come quickly
If Koepka wants to change the way golf is played, it won’t happen overnight. It’ll probably take other top golfers, and potentially tournament officials, joining him in his cries for faster play to have much action taken by the PGA Tour.
PGA Tour rules official Slugger White has said he won’t give out penalties for slow play because he is worried about trickle-down effects, such as taking money away from the golfers.
Faster play may make golf more popular
As noted earlier, one of the biggest complaints people have about golf is that it is boring because it is slow and takes so long to play. If Brooks Koepka can convince tournament officials to institute rules that speed up the game, that would take care of that concern.
Even just getting the other golfers to speed up without rule changes would have the same effect. If there’s more action in tournaments and it doesn’t take most of the day to play a round of a tournament, people may be more apt to watch. Heck, they may even take up the game themselves if it doesn’t take as long to play a round.