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Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka may be rivals on the golf course but when it comes to issues pertaining to serious Golf, they echo similar sentiments. The duo will be paired together for the first two rounds of The Northern Trust this week at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City.
McIlroy and Koepka have an issue for slow play on the PGA Tour. When both were asked by reporters on Wednesday for their thoughts on the matter, they did not hold back their criticism.
“I don’t think it’s fine to do nothing because it’s genuinely a problem in our game,” the 30-year-old McIlroy said. “It starts at our level because people try to emulate us. I’ve heard stories of college events and how long they take. There’s no reason why it should take that long.” This isn’t McIlroy’s first critique of pace-of-play on Tour. “They don’t do anything about it,” McIlroy said when asked about it at the Players Championship this past March. “It’s become somewhat of an epidemic on Tour.”
On Wednesday, McIlroy didn’t just complain. He offered a solution to the problem. “For me, I think the guys that are slow are the guys that get too many chances before they are penalized. So it should be a warning and then a shot,” McIlroy said. “It should be you’re put on the clock and that is your warning, and then if you get a bad time while on the clock, it’s a shot. That will stamp it out right away.”