Billy Horschel has claimed that some players who have chosen to sign up for LIV Golf have been given the wrong advice by their agents.
Speaking ahead of this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, which has 17 LIV Golf players on the course, the current champion first explained that he thought players were reassured they would not be suspended from the PGA Tour or DP World Tour. He said: “It’s very clear that LIV has told these guys that you won’t be suspended from any of these tours, you will still have access and we have looked into it and will do so in our prosecution. It’s kind of naive for these guys to think that’s how it was really going to go.
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LIV Golf players have been suspended from the PGA Tour – a situation which will now carry over into the 2022/23 season. Meanwhile, their status on the DP World Tour is also unclear pending a hearing to determine their status, which won’t begin until next February.
Horschel, who also called some LIV Golf players hypocritical, went on to say he believed bad advice from agents was one of the reasons some made the decision to join LIV Golf. He said: “Maybe these guys aren’t smart enough to think for themselves and maybe their agents gave them bad information, which I’m very aware of – I know very well – for a fact, that some agents just gave some players bad information, and some of those players took that. They listened to their agents on it. I think agents, some of those agents led those guys on a bad And when I say a bad road, they didn’t give them all the information and they didn’t play devil’s advocate like they should have.
As for the reason for the alleged bad advice, Horschel is convinced that there is only one thing at the heart of it all: money. He said: “I think these agents, they saw dollar signs and they wanted to cash in on their side as well. So I think some of these agents gave them, I would say, the wrong information. And some of them – I know some of these players, a few of these players kind of regret listening to the agents.
In addition to the ongoing legal battle with the DP World Tour, seven LIV Golf players remain embroiled in an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour as they seek to have their suspensions lifted. However, there will be another substantial wait before the outcome is known, with the trial date set for January 2024.
Previously, Horschel said he believed LIV Golf players who expected to return to the PGA Tour had been “brainwashed.” However, he has also adopted a more conciliatory tone recently, admitting he is sad to see players leaving the Tour. He was also reflective when asked if he was shaking hands with a LIV Golf player who beat him in his title defense. He said no. No, I’ll shake their hands. I shake hands with anyone. I will congratulate them and tell them “well done”. I’m not a bad loser at all.