Former Spanish world number 1 Jon Rahm and American defending champion at Wentworth Billy Horschel did not mince words at a press conference ahead of the BMW PGA Championship about the LIV players present this week at the start of the tournament. Londoner.
If the tensions between players are not as strong as feared, the presence of certain “rebellious” players who have left on the dissident circuit of Greg Norman poses a problem. The Spaniard of the PGA Tour Jon Rahm explained without naming names that Americans who had never set foot on the DP World Tour and in this tournament were depriving players of a unique playing opportunity.
“What I don’t understand is that some players who have never expressed an interest in the European Tour, have never expressed an interest in here, take this opportunity just because they can get points in the world rankings and hope to play at the majors next year. The perfect example, a good friend of mine, Alfredo Garcia-Heredia. He is the first on the list of non-qualified, he is 1st reserve. All because you have players taking their place. I do not really approve of this.
They do not know anything. They do not care. They do not know the history of this ordeal. They’re only here because they’re trying to get world ranking points and finish in the Top 50. It’s as clear as day, I’m not fooled. I know if they were still playing on the PGA Tour they wouldn’t be here.
We suspect that the Basque refers to players like Talor Gooch, Jason Kokrak or the Mexican Abraham Ancer. On the other hand, he is not disturbed by the presence of his former Ryder Cup teammates. Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter.
“As I said, guys like Sergio, Westy and Poulter have spent over 20 years on the European Tour. I don’t necessarily think that denying them access to certain tournaments is a good thing.
It’s pretty hypocritical to come here and play events that aren’t on the LIV schedule when their main reason for leaving the PGA Tour was to spend more time with their family and want to play golf less.
Winner last year in Surrey, the American Billy Horschel is back to defend his title and once again he did not hide his resentment towards his former colleagues from the PGA Tour who left to play on the LIV. Like in July when he asked that the LIV players leave them alone before the Genesis Open in Scotland.
“Honestly, I don’t think players who haven’t supported the PGA Tour should be here. The Abraham Ancer, the Talor Gooch, the Jason Kokraks: You never played this tournament, you never supported the DP World Tour. Why are you here ? You’re here for one reason only, to try to get world ranking points because you don’t have any.
It’s hypocritical especially after saying they want to play less. It’s pretty hypocritical to come here and play events that aren’t on the LIV schedule when their main reason for leaving the PGA Tour was to spend more time with their family and want to play golf less.
There are other guys here who may have a different opinion, but like I said, it’s not easy; if we were on the PGA Tour, I would be adamant like I always have been. But the DP World Tour is not in a strong position. They have to rebuild their circuit so that all these players here can reap the fruits of their labor and hope that the strategic alliance with the PGA Tour helps them do that.