Billy Horschel blasts ‘hypocrites’ playing the LIV Series and established tours

  • World No 15 says players should stick to Saudi-backed events
  • ‘They decided to play on a tour and they should play that tour’

Perhaps locker-room cameras should have been installed at the Scottish Open this week. In the latest chapter in golf’s civil war, Billy Horschel used a press conference at the Renaissance Club to take direct aim at “hypocrite” golfers who have cited a light schedule as the basis for accepting hugely lucrative offers to join the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Series.

The DP World Tour, formerly the European Tour, announced that any member who had participated on the breakaway LIV circuit would be banned from teeing up at the Scottish Open on Thursday. Ian Poulter, Adrian Otaegui and Justin Harding challenged that sanction via arbitration permitted in DP World Tour rules. Having been successful, they were added to the Scottish Open field. The Saudi Arabia-backed LIV model has staged two $25m events thus far, with a further six planned throughout 2022.

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Former Ryder Cup player Paul Casey joins Saudi-backed LIV Golf

  • 44-year-old to play first competition at Bedminster
  • Will be part of Bryson DeChambeau’s Crushers GC team

Paul Casey has become the latest player to sign up with the Saudi-backed LIV Invitational Golf Series. The world No 26 is set to compete at the third LIV Golf event, which will take place at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster later this month.

The Englishman, 44, will join his former Ryder Cup teammates Lee Westwood, Sergio García, Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell in playing on the controversial new tour, and will be part of the Crushers GC team, captained by Bryson DeChambeau.

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DP World Tour chief hits back at LIV Golf players over threat of legal action

  • Keith Pelley slams ‘inaccuracies’ in open letter from 16 players
  • Pelley questions claim that players ‘care deeply’ about Tour

The DP World Tour chief executive, Keith Pelley, has hit back at the 16 players who have threatened the tour with legal action unless their sanctions for competing in the first LIV Golf event are rescinded.

In a strongly-worded response to the letter which “implored” the tour to reconsider the penalties before 5pm on Friday, Pelley dismissed the players’ claims that they “care deeply” about the Tour, citing how many times some have played in Rolex Series events in recent years.

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