The story of this week’s BMW PGA Championship in England hasn’t been about the strong field or the impeccable Wentworth Golf Club. It’s been about LIV Golf’s ongoing battle with the rest of the golfing world. PGA Tour player Billy Horschel has been the most vocal about LIV Golf. His main point of contention – why its players shouldn’t be teeing it up this week.
And LIV’s Ian Poulter appears to have taken issue with that.
More than a dozen LIV golfers are in the field in what is arguably the DP World Tour’s premiere event. Horschel, the most outspoken Tour player against LIV Golf not named Rory McIlroy, called the LIV players in the field “hypocrites” earlier this week.
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Poulter, who doesn’t shy away from confrontation, was caught having what looked to be a heated conversation with Horschel on the putting green.
Not Exchanging Pleasantries
While you can’t make out the audio in the video, it’s clear that Horschel was animated and Poulter was likely telling him to calm down a bit.
Speaking His Mind
Horschel, who is the defending champ this week, called out LIV golfers playing in this week’s event, even mentioning some players by name.
“The guys that have publicly stated they want to play less, those are the hypocrites,” Horschel said in part.
He continued: “I honestly don’t think that the American guys who haven’t supported the PGA Tour should be here – Abraham Ancer, Talor Gooch, Jason Kokrak. You’ve never played this tournament, you’ve never supported the DP World Tour. Why are you here? You are here for one reason only and that’s to try to get World Ranking points because you don’t have it.”
Horschel’s argument that LIV players are only playing this week to accumulate World Ranking points is a valid one. LIV Golf has not been awarded Official World Golf Ranking points. In turn, this is an opportunity for LIV players to earn points. And they’ll need those points. Since joining the Saudi-backed circuit, every golfer has fallen in the world rankings.
The flip side of that is the LIV players participating in this week’s BMW PGA Championship have qualified to do so. And because of that, they have the right to be there.
Let the points accumulation commence!
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