VIRGINIA WATERS, England — Billy Horschel called them hypocrites. John Rahm accused them of showing double standards.
Golfers on the Saudi-sponsored Difference Series have come under fire this week for choosing to play the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour this week.
The main targets of the criticism are the LIV Golfers who are ranked 60th on the course at Wentworth and are chasing ranking points that are not available on vacation.
Horschel was even happy to check their names.
“Abraham Anser, Talor Guk… you’ve never played this tournament, you’ve never supported it. [European tour]. Why are you here?” Horschel said. “You’re only here for one reason and that’s to try to get world class points because you don’t have them.
“The biggest thing is spending time with family and when you want to play golf, it’s hypocritical to come here and play outside of LIV,” Horschel added.
Horschel, the defending champion at Wentworth, was hardly indifferent to Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter, who joined LIV Golf late in their careers after excelling on the European Tour.
Still, the American said, “I don’t think those people should really be here.”
Rahm said he was particularly unhappy with the attendance of some LIV golfers because it meant lower-ranked European Tour members like his friend and fellow Spaniard Alfredo Garcia-Heredia missed out.
“What I don’t understand,” Rahm said without naming names, is that some players have shown no interest in the European Tour and some players who have shown no interest in playing this event were given the opportunity just because they could. Earn world class points and hopefully make the majors next year.
“Perfect example — a good friend of mine is the first on the entry list right now. It doesn’t hurt me, but someone who’s played 20+ would make me sad. [European tour] This year’s events may not give a chance to play a great event because some people who have achieved a certain level are being given an opportunity that they don’t care about the event.
Horschel said players were “naive” in believing they would not be banned by the PGA Tour for joining LIV, and that some had not adequately weighed the pros and cons of taking the step.
“Maybe those people aren’t smart enough to think for themselves and their agents gave them bad information,” Horschel said.
“Actually, I know that some agents have given bad information to players and some of these players have been marked [off] And that they listened to their representatives. Some of these agents have led these people astray.”