Billy Horschel has been a big time bust in major championships throughout his career. After finishing T4 in his first major (2013 U.S. Open) as a tour pro, Horschel has entered 32 majors and has yet to post even a top-20 finish. He’s missed the cut 10 times – basically one-third of the time. His Open Championship line is truly garbage: MC, MC, T30, MC, MC, MC, T53
This from a golfer who has eight career wins and is ranked No. 15 in the world. Just mind-boggling bad for an otherwise world-class golfer.
So, what does the 35-year-old Florida native do ahead of the Scottish Open – the defacto tune-up event to the season’s final major? He somehow contorts himself into becoming a victim.
You see, when LIV golfers criticize the PGA Tour and Jay Monahan they are really criticizing Billy Horschel.
“Leave us alone, honestly,” said Horschel, who didn’t name anyone in particular (“because he doesn’t have the balls,” said a LIV Golf source).
“They keep talking about PGA Tour doesn’t listen to them — I’m carrying on to your question because this is something — the last week’s events I’ve been really frustrated by because there are a lot of guys that are hypocrites that are not telling the truth and lying about some things that I just can’t stand to sit here anymore and be diplomatic anymore about it as I have been in the past.
“I don’t fault anyone for going to play the LIV Tour. I don’t have any ill will for anyone going to play the LIV Tour. I don’t feel ill will about the comments they make, comments that Jay Monahan doesn’t listen to PGA Tour (players) or that Jay Monahan doesn’t listen to us.
“Jay Monahan and everyone at headquarters is the PGA Tour. They work tirelessly for us to reap financial rewards and have all the opportunities that we have.
“At the same time I am one of the 200 plus members of the PGA Tour, I am the PGA Tour. So when you take shots at the PGA Tour, you’re taking — at Jay Monahan, you’re not just taking shots at them. You’re taking shots at us, and to say that they don’t listen is a complete farce, it really is. They can’t listen. If they listen to everything 200-plus players on the PGA Tour said, our tour would be a complete mess. We wouldn’t have a tour.
“So it’s ridiculous to hear some of the comments these guys make, saying, well, this allows me to play less tournaments.
“I play 30, 35 weeks a year. No one’s forced you to play that many events. PGA Tour says 15 events minimum, all you have to do is play 15 events and you keep your card in those 15 events then that’s fine.
“If you want to play better or you want to play more so you get a chance to win the FedEx Cup, so be it. So be it. No one has made you play that first Playoff event to go miss family obligations. No one has.
“Yes, we are independent contractors; we do sign a contract with the PGA Tour to meet certain requirements of the PGA Tour. But we have the opportunity to make our schedule so to say that we have to play X amount of event and they don’t have time off, no one makes you. I’m on the road for five weeks. I have not seen my family for three weeks. I haven’t seen them for the last three weeks: U.S. Open, didn’t see them in Germany, I stayed over here in London for a week, I’m staying over this week and I’m staying for next week, so five weeks. That’s what my wife and I decided, when we laid our schedule out, it just worked that way. I made that decision to not see my wife and kids for five weeks. Am I crying about it? No. I understand. I’m living my dream trying to play golf professionally and support my family financially.
“So I’m just tired of these comments. Like go play the LIV Tour and forget about the PGA TOUR. Maybe they don’t want to support the PGA TOUR going forward. Don’t tell me you’re going to play LIV and then go play 15 events on the PGA TOUR and playing 20. That’s not a small schedule, that’s not playing less.
“Sorry, carrying on… We can keep going, I have time. My practice is done today. Pretty much.”