Brooks Koepka says if announcers would 'shut up and listen,' players wouldn't need to wear mics
Judging from his first round 67, which included a back-nine 32 in Harbor Town, Brooks Koepka did not lose his fastball on the golf course during quarantine. He didn't lose it in the press room either, where he threw a speed of 100 km / h on the black Thursday afternoon in the RBC Heritage.
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After the success of both the TaylorMade Driving Relief event and The Match II with mic players, golf fans hoped that something similar could be introduced on the PGA Tour. Rickie Fowler, one of the microphones at Seminole, agreed to wear a microphone at the Charles Schwab Challenge last week.
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Fowler brought the goods in during the show, but it was Koepka that actually made the most on-air noise at Colonial, and he wasn't even a microphone. A boom microphone pinned him down and said "pretty good" to Rahm after Rahm tapped in at the par-three-eighth for birdie.
Koepka might be less interested in an F-bomb being caught on a microphone (but Jim Nantz apologized to the audience), but that doesn't mean that the four-time main winner wants to carry one during the competition. Instead, Koepka offered its solution at Hilton Head on Thursday afternoon, and it's not about miking someone. When Koepka was asked about his thoughts, he didn't shred words as is tradition.
"I don't understand why they want us to wear a microphone when there is a boom microphone 10 feet from every shot I hit," Koepka said before dropping the hammer.
"If the announcers just shut up and listen, you could hear every word we're talking about. I don't understand what the thing is. Half the time the lady is holding a boom mic and listening to everything what we say. If they just shut up, they could hear everything. "
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He is hardly alone in his attitude that microphones are not necessary. Justin Thomas, who played alongside Fowler last week, simply said, "This is not me."
"What I'm talking to [Caddy Jimmy Johnson] and what I'm talking to the guys in my group is nobody's business, no offense," said Thomas. "If I want someone to know what I'm saying, I'll say it in a press conference, in an interview, or on social media, whatever it is." I personally am not the one who would like to have a microphone out there. "
Rahm also said last week that he was also not interested in wearing one during the competition.
For those who count, these are three of the top four players in the world who say "thank you but no thanks" that they have a microphone. That doesn't seem to be good for the future prospects of the experiment. Even so, Fowler has already stated that he would like to do it again, and a number of other players would probably also give him a chance. Just don't expect Thomas or Koepka to be one of them.
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