Billy Horschel, never shy about speaking his mind, lashed out at golfers who jumped on the LIV Golf League on Tuesday, calling out PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and his executive staff for statements they say turned a deaf ear to their concerns about the schedule. and earnings.
“There are a lot of guys who are hypocrites, who aren’t telling the truth, who are lying about certain things,” Horschel said at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland, the site of the Genesis Scottish Open this week. “I can’t sit here anymore and be diplomatic about it like I used to.”
Horschel’s point of contention is that Monahan and the PGA Tour have listened and perhaps gotten responses players who bolted for the LIV League didn’t want to hear.
“They’re saying Jay’s not listening, the Tour’s not listening to us,” said Horschel, the 2014 FedEx Cup champion. “Jay Monahan and everybody at headquarters is the PGA Tour. They work tirelessly for us to get the financial rewards we have and all the opportunities we have. At the same time, I was one of the 200-plus members. I’m the PGA Tour. When you’re taking shots at the PGA Tour and taking shots at Jay Monahan, you’re taking shots at us. And to say they don’t listen is a complete farce, it really is. If they listened to everything the 200-plus players on the PGA Tour had to say, it would be a complete mess. We couldn’t do the tour.”
Horschel said LIV golfers said they could play less golf because members on the Tour only have to play 15 events a year to have voting rights and the LIV golf schedule calls for 14 events next season.
“It’s funny to hear some of these comments: ‘This will allow me to play fewer tournaments,'” Horschel said. “Nobody forced you to play so many events. Play 15. That’s fine. We have the opportunity to create our own schedule.
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Horschel, who won the Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 5, indicated that after next week’s Open Championship, he will be away from his wife and three children for five weeks.
“That’s what we decided when we made the schedule … it worked out that way,” he and his wife, Brittany, said of the decision before the season started. “I decided not to see my wife and kids for five weeks. Am I crying about it?”
Horschel also had a request for the tour players who continued to take pot-shots on tour heading into the LIV League.
“Play your LIV Tour and forget about the PGA Tour,” he said.
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