“Tired” Billy Horschel slammed the LIV Golf players in a passionate defence of the established tours as he urged the defectors to “just leave us alone”.
Horschel spoke to the media ahead of the Genesis Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club where he hit out at some of the rationale given by some of the “rebels”.
The American, 35, who won the Memorial in June, went as far as saying he “just can’t be diplomatic anymore” as he suggested it was “asinine” to suggest players could support all the golf tours.
Horschel said the players have made their bed, adding: "They decided to go play on that tour and they should go play there. They shouldn't be coming back over by 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.
"To play the PGA Tour, you gotta play 15 events. Their schedules are now going to be 14 so they’re going to play 29 tournaments a year to still hold their membership on the PGA Tour? That’s ridiculous.
"Just coming to play the big events on DP World Tour, yeah, that helps. But that's not supporting the tour.
"Those guys made their bed. They say that's what they want to do. So just leave us alone. Honestly.
"They keep talking about how the PGA Tour doesn't listen.”
"There's a lot of guys that are hypocrites, that aren't telling the truth, that are lying about some things that I can't stand to just sit here and be diplomatic about it"— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 5, 2022
Seven-time PGA Tour Champion, Billy Horschel speaks about the LIV Tour events pic.twitter.com/3iyq9HR3VD
He continued: “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 I can't stand to sit here anymore and be diplomatic about it."
Brooks Koepka, who made a stunning U-turn on his decision to leave the PGA Tour which drew accusations of “duplicitousness” from Rory McIlroy, also pointed to a more flexible playing schedule in a tense press conference.
"I'm not seeing my family for five weeks but that is what my wife and I decided," Horschel said.
"Am I crying about it? No. I'm living my dream of trying to play golf professionally and support my family financially.
"I'm just tired of this."