Golf star lets rip at LIV breakaway 'hypocrites' in brutal interview

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American golfer Billy Horschel (pictured) speaking to reporters at the Scottish Open press conference.
American golfer Billy Horschel (pictured) let his feelings known about the LIV Golf situation ahead of the Scottish Open. (Getty Images)

Golf star Billy Horschel has let rip at the golfers that have opted to play in the controversial LIV Golf series in a brutal interview where he labelled them 'hypocrites and liars'.

The golf world has never been more turbulent after a number of huge names including Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Sergio Garcia broke from the PGA Tour to join the Saudi-backed tournament.

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DeChambeau claimed he signed a deal through to 2026 with LIV, which he revealed is worth more than the reported $US125 million ($A185 million).

A rift was created between the PGA players and those who signed on with LIV, with a number of them set to feature at the Scottish Open after their suspensions from the Tour were stayed on appeal.

Following a hearing before Sport Resolutions (UK) on Monday, the suspensions imposed on Ian Poulter, Adrian Otaegui and Justin Harding were lifted and they were added to the field at Renaissance Club, with more set to follow.

And this didn't necessarily sit well with the American.

Horschel insisted he harboured no ill will towards such players, but the World No.15 made his feelings on the divisive topic abundantly clear on Tuesday.

"I believe they made their bed," Horschel said.

"They decided to go play on that tour and they should go play there. They shouldn't be coming back over.

"To say that they wanted to also support this tour going forward, while playing LIV tour, is completely asinine. Those guys made their bed. They say that's what they want to do. So just leave us alone.

"They keep talking about how the PGA Tour doesn't listen. I've been really frustrated by it because there's a lot of guys that are hypocrites that aren't telling the truth and that are lying about some things.

"I just can't stand to sit here anymore and be diplomatic about it.

"There is a little division in the locker room and some are more upset than others. I have no ill will but I'm just tired of hearing comments that aren't truthful."

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When asked if he was worried his fellow golfers would be annoyed hearing his comments, Horschel doubled down.

"No, to be honest. The locker room are people that I play against week in, week out and if they take objection to it that's up to those guys," Horschel said.

"I haven't had a problem with any of the players. I've seen Rory (McIlroy) this week and had a chat, I've seen Thomas (Bjorn) and we have a difference of opinion but we're still friends, which is nice.

"It's strictly a business decision, it's not a personal decision that needs to get in the way of friendships."

DeChambeau caused a stir when hinting at just how much money he made from joining LIV.

Bryson Dechambeau (pictured) reacts to a shot at the first hole during day two of the JP McManus Pro-Am.
Bryson Dechambeau (pictured) revealed he joined LIV Golf for a lot of money. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The business' motivation was crystal clear from DeChambeau.

Asked on the "Country Club Adjacent" podcast about his "$125 million smile," he replied "that's a little low."

"I'm not gonna say the details - I mean for what's reported it's somewhat close," DeChambeau said.

"It's a four-and-a-half-year deal, I can definitely tell you that and a lot of it was upfront, which is great."

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