‘Not Good’: Days After Being Accused of Slow Play, Golf Word Roasts Patrick Cantlay Over Mind-Blowing Matt Fitzpatrick Revelation

Published 04/16/2023, 6:00 AM EDT

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Along with the excitement that the Masters Tournament brought last week also came some controversies. Patrick Cantlay stood at the helm of one such controversy for that revolved around his slow pace of play. And now once more the golf pro has come into the negative light of the golf world, this time thanks to his pairing with Matthew Fitzpatrick at this week’s PGA Tour event, because of what the Englishman brings to the table!

Matthew Fitzpatrick is the complete opposite of Patrick Cantlay

The slow pace during the rounds of golf has been a big issue talked about in recent times. With players taking their own sweet time to play the ball, the time taken for rounds has dramatically increased. This has infuriated both the fans and the officials. And last week, after his slow-play antics at the Masters, Cantlay felt the fans’ wrath.


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But completely opposite to the 8-time PGA Tour winner’s playing style is that of Fitzpatrick’s. As per a recent revelation made by Golf Digest’s PGA Tour reporter, Evin Priest, on Twitter, the Britisher “does most of his pre-shot routine WHILE playing partner hits” and is ready to hit soon after they have finished.

Priest saluted the reigning US Open champion and wrote, “Elite pace of play and golf needs more of it.” And of course, the golf world agreed with him; they loved watching Fitzpatrick quickly get in his shot right after his paired opponent and speed up the rounds. But alas, this week at the RBC Heritage, his pairing was none other than Cantlay!

Golf world lashes out at Cantlay

Since the two sat atop the leaderboard after the third round of the RBC Heritage this week, they are paired together for the final day. While the score may be close, the golf fans aren’t too excited about the pairing at all. Taking to Twitter, they based Cantlay, certain that on Sunday this week, too, he would slow down play, ruining the fun of watching Fitzpatrick’s game.

The fans trolled the American golfer, and one even suggested that all his fans would root for the Britisher tomorrow. Another person subtly hinted that he shouldn’t be allowed to play.

Many fans even sang high praises of Fitzpatrick and suggested that all the players and even the amateurs should learn from him.


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How do you think the final round will go with the two players with opposite playing styles clubbed together? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by:

Sheldon Pereira


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Sheldon is a golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is a business graduate from Christ University with a degree in Finance and Accounting. He also has experience as a Senior Audit Associate at an MNC, but his love for writing drove him towards his dream, and he switched careers.
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Manaal Siddiqui