Unfortunately, slow play appeared to be a concern throughout the early hours of the third round at PGA National, with many Twitter users commenting on the Honda Classic’s pace of play.
Individuals were particularly interested in Brian Stuard’s quickness, as he was partnered with Brooks Koepka, a four-time Major champion. Stuard, who had only made the cut six times in 14 starts, was frequently featured on ‘PGA Tour Live,’ with the American taking at least 30 seconds to address the ball once he got it.
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????Warning????: Watching this may raise your blood pressure.— Rick Golfs (@Rickgolfstx) February 26, 2022
The contrast between Stuard and Brooks is jarring. You know Brooks is angry.
And the announcers have no problem pointing it out. Unlike the regular broadcast, the PGA Tour Live announcers have no muzzle. pic.twitter.com/CSXdwoNbLr
After preparing for his shot, the 39-year-old took 13 looks at the target and shuffled his feet many times before squeezing the gun. The American hesitated over his shot for about 40 seconds on another occasion, looking at the flag 16 times!
The delay caused PGA Tour Live’s commentary team to ask: “Is he not getting dizzy?” Whilst another said: “We need to discuss this, because you know everyone watching PGA Tour Live right now is saying ‘what in the world is he waiting for?!'”
The camera moved to Koepka after the comments, who simply strolled up to his shot and struck it with no practice swing, causing the pundits to laugh and go say: “No practice swing or anything for Brooks!”
Although it is unknown whether Stuard has any golfing demons related to the back swing of the golf club, he has been on the PGA Tour for an astounding 11 years, winning once and placing in many top-10s.
The routine, however, elicited some criticism on Twitter, with one user wondering, “Is this real?” “Brian Stuard must be driving Brooks Koepka insane today!” said another.
Stuard ended with a one-under-par round of 69, while Koepka finished with a one-over-par round of 71.
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