Billy Horschel has accused players who joined LIV Golf of being ‘hypocrites and liars’, saying they should not be at established events, including this week’s Scottish Open.
Golfers who joined the Saudi-backed breakaway event were banned from competing in PGA Tour and DP World Tour events but after an appeal process was launched, suspensions on Ian Poulter, Adrian Otaegui and Justin Harding were temporarily lifted, allowing them to compete at Renaissance Club.
Horschel, ranked 14th in the world, said that he had no animosity towards the individual players, but believed that they had to accept the consequence of their decision and stay away from established tour events.
“I believe they made their bed,” Horschel said. “They decided to go play on that tour and they should go play there. They shouldn’t be coming back over to the DP World Tour or the PGA Tour.
“To say that they wanted to also support this tour, whether DP or PGA Tour going forward, while playing LIV tour, is completely asinine. Those guys made their bed. They say that’s what they want to do. So just leave us alone.”
The American said that he was unhappy with the comments made by those who had joined LIV, saying that they had not been truthful and were hypocritical.
“They keep talking about how the PGA Tour doesn’t listen,” he said. “I’ve been really frustrated by it because there’s a lot of guys that are hypocrites, that aren’t telling the truth and that are lying about some things.
“I just can’t stand to sit here anymore and be diplomatic about it.
“The comments they make, comments that (PGA Tour commissioner) Jay Monahan doesn’t listen to us. Jay Monahan and everyone at headquarters work tirelessly for us to reap financial rewards and have all the opportunities that we have.
“I am one of the 200 plus members of the PGA Tour, so when you take shots at the PGA Tour you’re not just taking shots at them. You’re taking shots at us.”