PGA golfer Billy Horschel lashes out at 'brainwashed' LIV golfers

PGA golfer Billy Horschel lashes out at LIV defectors and claim they’ve been ‘BRAINWASHED’ by Saudi breakaway series… as he hits back at players thinking they’ll be BACK on the Tour sometime soon: ‘No they won’t!’

  • Billy Horschel is one of the PGA Tour’s most vocal supporters in the war with LIV 
  • He previously called some LIV golfers ‘hypocrites’ and ‘asinine’ in June 
  • Horschel is 18th in the FedEx Cup standings, and taking part in the playoffs 

The ongoing war between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf continues as the FedEx Cup playoffs get underway and LIV prepares for its next event at the end of the month.

Players for the Tour have been coming to its defense and one of the best soldiers in their war on the Saudi-backed tour is Billy Horschel.

The Florida native has been critical of LIV Golf in the past, calling some players ‘hypocrites’.

Speaking to Golf Channel on Wednesday before taking part in the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Horschel called out some on the LIV tour. 

PGA Tour golfer Billy Horschel believes defectors to the LIV series have been ‘brainwashed’

‘I’ve said to some of the guys personally, I think they’ve been brainwashed,’ Horschel said

‘The way they feel so adamant that they’re going to be back on the PGA Tour. I’ve had some of them tell me, ‘I’ll see you on Tour again.’ I said, ‘No you won’t.”

Horschel hit hard before the Genesis Scottish Open back in June, echoing a similar belief.

‘I believe they made their bed,’ Horschel said at a press conference then. 

‘They decided to go play on a tour, and they should go play that tour. They shouldn’t be coming back over here to play the DP World Tour or the PGA Tour. 

‘To say that they wanted to also support this tour or the DP or PGA Tour going forward, while playing the LIV tour, is completely asinine in my opinion.’ 

Horschel hit out at golfers who defected to the LIV tour at June’s Genesis Scottish Open too

At that same conference, Horschel called out the same golfers for being dishonest.

‘I’ve been really frustrated by it because there’s a lot of guys that are hypocrites, that aren’t telling the truth, that are lying about some things, and I just can’t stand to sit here anymore and be diplomatic about it as I have been in the past,’ Horschel added. 

‘I don’t fault anyone for going to play the LIV tour. I don’t have any ill will for anyone going to play the LIV tour. I have ill will toward comments that they’ve made, comments saying that [PGA Tour commissioner] Jay Monahan doesn’t listen, the PGA Tour doesn’t listen to us.

‘Jay Monahan and everyone at headquarters is the PGA Tour. They work tirelessly for us to reap the financial rewards and have all the opportunities that we have. 

‘At the same time, I am one of 200-plus members of the PGA Tour. I am the PGA Tour, just as 200 other members are the PGA Tour, so when you take shots at the PGA Tour and Jay Monahan, you’re not just taking shots at them, you’re taking shots at us.’

Horschel is currently 18th in the FedEx Cup standings and owns seven PGA Tour wins, including this year’s edition of the Memorial Tournament.

In 2014, Horschel won the FedEx Cup after winning the final two tournaments of the season: the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado and the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. 

Horschel (left) with golf legend Jack Nicklaus after winning the Memorial Tournament in June

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