Brooks Koepka will be fuming after receiving news he is out with Patrick Cantlay for the first two rounds of The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.
JUST IN: Brooks Koepka has been paired with Patrick Cantlay & Hideki Matsuyama for rounds 1 & 2 at #TheOpen. Brooks called Cantlay’s group “brutally slow” at The Masters & has since said they should ‘start stroking guys’ if they take to long to hit a shot. @TrackingCantlay… pic.twitter.com/fnDEs6GCFa— NUCLR GOLF (@NUCLRGOLF) July 18, 2023
That was a day when Koepka held a two-stroke lead starting out the round only to finish four strokes behind playing partner Jon Rahm.
"Yeah, the group in front of us was brutally slow," said a frustrated Koepka after the final round at Augusta National.
"Jon went to the bathroom like seven times during the round, and we were still waiting."
Cantlay then hit back at Koepka.
Koepka spoke to the media today just moments before the R1 and R2 tee times for Thursday and Friday were announced at Royal Liverpool.
We can only imagine BK's reaction to learning he was being sent out with Cantlay and also former Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama.
The group of Koepka, Cantlay and Matsuyama will be out at 9.36am Thursday and 2.37pm Friday.
It should probably also be noted that Matsuyama isn't the fastest player on the circuit, either.
While the news might not have sat well with Brooks, it's fair to say a large number of golf fans are loving the R&A's decsion!
Brooks by the 3rd... pic.twitter.com/TH57wxwhZa— Global Golfer (@SpoiledGoodWalk) July 18, 2023
Live footage of that round: pic.twitter.com/8to2tWUn6U— Fore Play Tracker (@ForePlayTracker) July 18, 2023
This has to feel targeted lol— Cody Paulsen (@TheCodyPaulsen) July 18, 2023
When I saw the pairing I cashed out my koepka bet real fast— Nate (@NateM61201) July 18, 2023
Brooks going to be WD after 5 holes.— Moosey (@SwagMoss) July 18, 2023
Be on the 3rd when the other two are still on 1st— VICTOR BOY (@VICTORDOG1) July 18, 2023
News also emerged earlier today that Koepka would be out with fellow LIV Golf players Dustin Johnson and Talor Gooch, as well as his good friend and former US Open champion Gary Woodland in Wednesday's practice round.
That has led a number of fans to believe Woodland could soon become a replacement for an out-of-favour Matt Wolff on Koepka's Smash GC