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'Frustrating' JB Holmes must think smarter to speed up play, says Brooks Koepka

Impatient: Brooks Koepka finished tied for fourth
Impatient: Brooks Koepka finished tied for fourth
JB Holmes

By Nick Purewal

Brooks Koepka has hit out at JB Holmes, insisting top stars must think smarter to play faster.

Koepka tapped his wrist in the direction of officials to signal his displeasure with Holmes' slow play during Sunday's final round at The Open.

The steely Florida native ground to three-over par in horrid weather conditions, to end the year's final major tied for fourth at six-under.

Koepka missed the chance to become the first man to seal top-two finishes in all four majors in a calendar year, and was frustrated with his performance at Royal Portrush.

"There are a lot of slow guys out here, that's not the first time I've done it, especially when you've got a walking official with you," said World No.1 Koepka, of tapping his wrist.

"He had a rough day, but JB is a slow player. I know it's difficult in the wind, but I didn't think he was that bad today, I thought he was all right.

"There were some times where I thought it was slow.

"I'm usually ready to go as soon as the guy's ball is coming down.

"I'm ready to go most of the time, that's what I don't understand, when it's your turn to hit, the glove's not on, and then you start thinking about it. That's where the problem lies.

"It's not that he takes that long, it's probably just that he doesn't do anything until it's his turn. And that's the frustrating part.

"But he's not the only one who does it out here.

"The European Tour does an unbelievable job on pace of play that the PGA Tour doesn't do.

"Like I said, it wasn't that bad today, it really wasn't. I thought he was relatively quick, for what he usually is."

Meanwhile, Big-hitting American Tony Finau admits the final round of The Open at Royal Portrush was one of the rare occasions he was more than happy with third place - his best finish in a major.

"I was just happy with the way I hung in there," said the 29-year-old.

"I am really proud of the way I played this week. My best finish in a major on this venue is pretty cool.

"I continue to just prove to myself one day I can win one of these, no doubt."

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