Billy Horschel, one of LIV Golf’s biggest critics, has told Golf Channel that if LIV players want to rejoin the PGA Tour, they are going to have to “jump through some hoops.”
Just four weeks before the Masters, Sawgrass hosts the majority of the best players in the world but with exceptions.
Renowned as the “fifth major,” The Players Championship sees the absence of defending champion and current Open Championship title holder Cam Smith as well as the likes of Dustin Johnson and recent Sawgrass runners-up Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia, all of whom jumped ship in 2022.
Should they qualify under the usual rules, all are permitted to take their place at Augusta National, certainly adding spice to an already anticipated event. With new PGA Tour ‘designated’ events coming into force in 2024 said to resemble the LIV model, there are some calls to allow LIV players some leniency should they wish to play on the main tour.
Horschel, now 22nd in the OWGR, might bend to that view, but wants the rebels to pay for their move, telling Golf Channel:
“If I was in charge, I’d say yes, there’s a path back. But you’re going to have to jump through some hoops.
“Have them come to PGA Tour headquarters and have them address all the employees. At least for the players who said things that weren’t true about the Tour or sued [the Tour].”
Source : GolfWRX