LIV: Billy Horschel is fed up with “hypocrites” lying about PGA

Billy Horschel is the latest PGA player to slam members lured into the LIV Golf Series by lucrative signing bonuses and $25 million purses.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Scottish Open, Horschel said he had no “hard feelings” about the players who had left the Tour but took offense at some of their PGA TOUR comments.

“I was really frustrated by that because there’s a lot of guys out there who are hypocrites who aren’t telling the truth, who lie about certain things, and I just can’t bear to sit here and talk about it. Be diplomatic about it.” like I’ve done in the past,” Horschel said. “I don’t blame anyone for playing at the LIV circuit. I have no hard feelings towards those who will be participating in the LIV Golf Series. I resent the comments they made, comments that say so [le commissaire de la PGA] Jay Monahan isn’t listening, the PGA Tour isn’t listening to us.

“Jay Monahan and everyone at PGA headquarters are working tirelessly so that we can reap the financial rewards and take advantage of whatever opportunities we have. At the same time, I am one of over 200 members of the PGA TOUR. I am the PGA just like the other 200 members are the PGA. So if you’re after the PGA Tour and Jay Monahan, it’s not just them, it’s us. »

More than 20 players, including former major champions Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson, have been banned by the PGA for entering LIV tournaments without authorization.

Englishman Paul Casey, ranked 27th in the Official Golf World Ranking, is the newest player to join the LIV Tour.

The DP World Tour has banned its members who have played in LIV golf tournaments from playing the Scottish Open and two other PGA jointly sanctioned tournaments this week. Also, members were fined about $121,000.

On Monday a British court stayed the DP World Tour’s suspension of Ian Poulter and two other players, South African Justin Harding and Spain’s Adrian Otaegui. This decision allows them to compete in the Scottish Open.

“I think they made their decision,” Horschel said. “They decided to play at a circuit and they should play at this circuit. You shouldn’t be coming back here to play the DP World Tour or the PGA Tour. To say that in the future they also wanted to support this circuit or the DP or the PGA while playing on the LIV circuit is complete nonsense in my opinion. »

Players participating in the LIV Golf Series were allowed to play the US Open if they qualified and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews will also allow them to play at the 150th British Open in St Andrews next week to play in Scotland.

“See, there’s a little division and some are more upset than others,” Horschel said. “I don’t hold grudges, but I’m just tired of hearing comments that aren’t true. »

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