PGA Tour pro Billy Horschel makes LIV Golf League confession

LIV Golf League critic and PGA Tour pro Billy Horschel has conceded it would be beneficial for breakaway tour players to compete on the DP World Tour. 

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Sat, 4 Feb 2023
PGA Tour pro Billy Horschel makes LIV Golf League confession

LIV Golf League critic Billy Horschel has conceded it would be beneficial for the DP World Tour if they were to allow breakaway tour players to compete on the European-based circuit. 

Horschel has been consistently outspoken about LIV Golf for the better part of a year. 

The American, 36, previously accused some players of outright lying and even labelled others as "hypocrites". 

At this point we should point out that Phil Mickelson previously appeared to indicate that Horschel apparently asked Greg Norman for $55m to join the Saudi-backed tour.

Horschel was particularly vocal at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last September and during an extraordinary press conference claimed it was "a slap in the face" the LIV players were allowed to participate in the DP World Tour's flagship event. 

He was even filmed in one exchange with Ian Poulter where the two golfers appeared to confront each other. 

Poulter later poked fun at their chat on the putting green, urging his followers on social media "not to believe everything you read". 

Just this week Jon Rahm has admitted that he, too, confronted Poulter in Virginia Water when appearing on the No Laying Up podcast. 

Now Horschel has conceded that having the LIV players in DP World Tour fields can be a good thing. 

In an exchange on Instagram with @FlushingIt, Horschel wrote: 

"[To] tell you the truth. Yes it would be a good thing for the Tour and the sponsors. But [I] can also see where some DP World Tour players would be upset if allowed. 
"They would also feel that those players got their cake and also allowed to eat it in front of them. I can easily see both sides. Obviously, the courts will decide this next week." 

Horschel was alluding the much-anticipated sports arbitration hearing next week. 

The PGA Tour has banned members who are playing LIV Golf League events. 

But the DP World Tour has found itself last summer having to let their members who had gone to LIV Golf compete in events. 

As many as 16 golfers were granted an injunction allowing them to compete until the issue is resolved. 

There are now 13 players left after Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace withdrew their names

It is important to point out that this is not a court case but will parties from both sides will make their cases in front of a three-person panel and a former high court judge. 

According to DP World Tour communications chief Scott Crockett, we will not have a definitive answer any time soon after the five-day hearing is complete. 

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