Billy Horschel is not happy with the apparent hypocrisy that has arisen from fellow pros who commit to play in the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series.
At a press conference ahead of the Scottish Open on Tuesday, Horschel said he believes those who support the DP World Tour or PGA Tour while playing the LIV Tour are “completely stupid”.
A seemingly fed up Horschel – who celebrated a victory at the Memorial Tournament last month – went on to defend the PGA Tour and treat players, claiming that “many” pros who competed in the LIV Golf series were not truthful.
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“I’m really frustrated with it because there are a lot of guys who are hypocrites, who don’t tell the truth, who lie about some things, and I just can’t stand sitting here and being diplomatic about it. as I have been in the past,” Horschel said.
“I don’t blame anyone for playing the LIV tour. I have no ill will whatsoever against anyone who is going to play the LIV tour. I have a ill will towards comments they have made, comments saying that [PGA Tour commissioner] Jay Monahan isn’t listening, the PGA Tour isn’t listening to us.” Jay Monahan and everyone at HQ is the PGA Tour. They work tirelessly for us to reap the financial rewards and take every opportunity we have. At the same time, I am one of over 200 members of the PGA Tour. I’m the PGA Tour, just like 200 other members are the PGA Tour, so when you’re shooting on the PGA Tour and Jay Monahan, you’re not just shooting them, you’re shooting us.”
Horschel specifically seemed to have issues with pros who joined LIV Golf but have continued to play on the DP World Tour or PGA Tour. “I believe they’ve made their beds,” Horschel said. “They decided to go on tour, and they should play that tour. They shouldn’t come back here to play the DP World Tour or the PGA Tour. To say that they wanted to support this tour or the DP or PGA Tour in the future as well, while playing the LIV tour, is completely ridiculous in my opinion.”
The DP World Tour last month fined members who entered the Saudi league’s inaugural event with £100,000 ($105,000) and banned them from participating in three upcoming events co-approved by the PGA: the Scottish Open. , the Barbasol Championship and the Barracuda Championship. Ian Poulter, Adrian Otaegui and Justin Harding all won a stay of their DP World suspension and are playing the Scottish Open this week. Pros such as Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson have been suspended from the PGA Tour from participating in LIV Golf tournaments without obtaining a conflicting event release. England’s Paul Casey, number 26 in the world, became the last player to sign with LIV Golf this week.
“Listen, there is a little division in the locker room and some are more upset than others,” Horschel said. “I have no ill will, but I’m just tired of hearing comments that aren’t truthful.”
Major champion Dustin Johnson has canceled his PGA Tour membership to join rival LIV Golf – as have Garcia, Branden Grace, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Kevin Na, Louis Oosthuizen, Turk Pettit, Charl Schwartzel and Lee Westwood, according to a letter from Monahan to PGA Tour players last month.
Johnson reportedly received $125 million to leave the PGA Tour for LIV after rumors got to him. Mickelson’s deal, reportedly worth $200 million, was first reported by The Post’s Mark Cannizzaro.
Players who have joined the Saudi-funded competition will still be allowed to compete in the British Open next month.
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