It seems like it didn’t take long for the LIV Golf War to take place on the golf course.
Many of the world’s biggest golfing stars are in England this week for the BMW PGA Championship, including more than a dozen who fled the PGA Tour for the Saudi-backed LIV. Billy Horschel, the event’s defending champion, was highly critical of their decision to play – and it seems it wasn’t just the media that reported on it.
Horschel was seen arguing with Ian Poulter, one of the LIV defectors, on the green of Wentworth Golf Club on Wednesday.
It’s unclear what was discussed, but one can use one’s imagination given the animated body language of the two players. Horschel spent much of the preparation for this event, the first which mixed golfers from the LIV and the PGA Tour, which is run by Europe’s DP World Tour, tearing those who joined the LIV for playing in this tournament.
“The guys who have said publicly that they want to play less are the hypocrites,” Horschel said on Tuesday. “It’s not everyone. And there are a few of these hypocrites here this week because they wanted to play less but they’re playing another event that’s not a LIV event.
“Honestly, I don’t think American guys who haven’t supported the Tour should be here. Abraham Ancer, Talor Gooch. … you never played this tournament, you never supported the DP World Tour. Why are you here You are here for one reason and that is to try to get world ranking points because you don’t have any.
Horschel did not specifically name the Englishman Poulter, but the comments reflected negatively on any defector from LIV Golf.
The 35-year-old wasn’t the only golfer to criticize LIV players for showing up in Europe this week. Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm were also candid, with the latter calling it “fake” that they show up at a DP World Tour event.