Robert Garrigus Blasts DP World Tour, Monahan & Horschel

The PGA Tour winner says the DP World Tour will struggle to survive and Jay Monahan should be fired in podcast tirade

Robert Garrigus
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PGA Tour winner Robert Garrigus has come out all guns blazing in a recent podcast appearance, laying into the DP World Tour, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and LIV Golf critic Billy Horschel.

Garrigus was the first player to request the PGA Tour allow him to go and play in LIV Golf, although he’s never actually teed it up in Greg Norman’s Saudi Arabian-backed series.

That hasn’t stopped him from laying into those in opposition to LIV Golf though, while adding that he thought the DP World Tour would struggle to survive going forward and that PGA Tour boss Monahan will soon be out of a job.

Speaking to the Fire Pit Collective on their 'The Grind' podcast, Garrigus was angered by what he thought was unfair treatment of Adrian Otaegui by the DP World Tour during his dominant victory at the Andalucia Masters last week.

“I don’t know how they can survive to be quite honest,” Garrigus warned when summing up the situation with LIV Golf now on the scene. “It’s going to be interesting to see how these people are going to fund that tour."

On Otaegui, Garrigus added: “They’re letting the LIV guys play and they’re trying to take a stance, like ‘oh, we’re not going to say this guy’s name’, but the dude that just won (Otaegui) played the first three events on LIV and when he was breaking scoring records they weren’t even saying anything about him.

"Finally he won and they had to say something because it was his home country - they're being so petty about this.”

PGA Tour commissioner Monahan also came under fire from Garrigus, who said that the boss would be out of a job in the next couple of years – with plenty of players on the tour allegedly agreeing with him.

“Every single guy I’ve talked to has said he’s probably going to be gone in the next year or two,” said Garrigus. “He’s a really nice guy but he’s not a very good wartime president. He wasn’t prepared for this, we all know it and he knows it.”

“I don’t think he needs to be fired but I think there needs to be someone in there that might have some balls and that’s not apparent right now.

“He has to be so political and he has to tiptoe around every situation in a businesslike manner. I don’t think it was him per se. The team around him are a bunch of f*****g goobers and it’s unfortunate.”

Billy Horschel takes a shot during a practice round before the 2022 BMW PGA Championship

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Perhaps most of all though, Horschel was singled out for his vocal criticism of LIV Golf, which hasn’t gone down well at all with Garrigus – who really let his fellow American have it.

“The douchebag Billy Horschel – he won’t shut the f**k up and I can’t stand it,” he fumed.

“Even Rory’s taken a step back and Rahm’s taken a step back because they’ve realised it’s not a fight you can win.

“I can’t stand guys getting on TV and interviews saying all this about the LIV guys, but when they get on the driving range they ain’t going to say anything to them. Nobody’s getting in a fight on the driving range."

Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.