Billy Horschel On Prospect Of A LIV Golf vs PGA Tour Ryder Cup-Style Match

The American seems to like the sound of a LIV Golf vs PGA Tour match, although he doesn't think it would come to fruition

Billy Horschel speaks to the media at the Presidents Cup
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Billy Horschel says he would love to play against his friends Cameron Smith and Ian Poulter in a LIV vs PGA Tour Ryder Cup-style match but concedes that it would be "lose-lose" for the PGA Tour.

Horschel, one of the most outspoken tour pros against LIV Golf, makes his Presidents Cup debut this week for Team USA but once again the chat is dominated by Greg Norman's new 54-hole series, which has meant the match has some big names missing due to their ineligibility following their suspensions from the PGA Tour.

"Yeah, I wouldn't mind playing in it, but at the same time, you've got to look at things - what would the PGA Tour benefit from that? Nothing. If we win, we're supposed to win. If we lose, it looks bad on the PGA Tour," Horschel said of a potential match versus the LIV Golf players.

"So it's really a lose-lose for the PGA Tour in that situation, and LIV's got everything to gain from it. But as a player, we're all competitive, and I have great relationships with a lot of those guys and I would love to compete with them.

"I was looking forward to playing the Presidents Cup and maybe getting paired against Cam Smith, who's a really good friend of mine. If somehow there was a little LIV-PGA Tour competition, I would love that. I would love to play against Cam Smith or one of my good friends, Ian Poulter or something like that.

"Like I said, I'm not the one who makes that decision. There's more that goes into a decision like that. I wouldn't fault the PGA Tour or anyone saying this doesn't benefit us going forward. I see that side of it, and I'm fine with that."

Horschel also gave a strong view on the prospect of LIV Golf gaining Official World Golf Ranking points, following the LIV players signing and sending a letter to the OWGR pleading to be sanctioned.

LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman at the 2022 LIV Golf Chicago event

Fifty players have signed a letter to OWGR chairman Peter Dawson pleading for the status to be granted to LIV Golf

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"I've been consistent about this for four or five months now. All of those guys knew, when they left the PGA Tour, there was a good chance they may not get World Ranking Points anymore," Horschel said.

"Unfortunately, they were told that they were going to get World Ranking Points by their colleagues. That's what they feel, based off of Greg Norman and the people over there, feel like they should get World Ranking Points right away. That's not going to happen. That's not the process in place. And for Greg to continue to attack Jay Monahan, Keith Pelley, and say there's a bias in place for not awarding them World Ranking Points, just follow the rules.

"They don't meet the criteria right now based off their Tour to be awarded World Ranking Points. Everything I know, which I know very little about the World Ranking Points system in general, but I know it's a year to an 18-month process before they even get World Ranking Points. So just wait it out. Meet the criteria.

"They don't meet the, from what I've been told, first nine things, eight things on the criteria list. They don't have an average field size of 78. They don't have a cut. They don't have open qualifying. They don't award points or spots to local qualifiers. They don't have a Q-School. All these things that they don't have."

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x