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Billy Horschel claims LIV Golf rebels are 'brainwashed' and issues stark warning

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 13/08/2022 Rob OHalloran

Memorial winner Billy Horschel has labelled the LIV Golf Series defectors 'brainwashed' as the rivalry continues to grow.

A number of major names have abandoned the PGA Tour for the lucrative, Saudi-funded LIV Golf causing a major rift in the sport.

Those players have been suspended by the PGA Tour - thus missing out on the FedEx Cup playoffs.

DUBLIN, OHIO - JUNE 05: Billy Horschel of the United States poses with the trophy after winning the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 05, 2022 in Dublin, Ohio. Pic: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images © Provided by Extra.ie DUBLIN, OHIO - JUNE 05: Billy Horschel of the United States poses with the trophy after winning the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 05, 2022 in Dublin, Ohio. Pic: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Horschel, who previously hit out at the defectors in a passionate rant, is adamant that the rebels will not return to the PGA Tour, despite their wishes to play both circuits.

'I've said to some of the guys personally, I think they've been brainwashed,' Horschel told the Golf Channel.

'The way they feel so adamant that they're going to be back on the PGA Tour.

Memorial winner Billy Horschel has labelled the LIV Golf Series defectors as 'brainwashed' as the rivalry continues to grow. Pic: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images © Provided by Extra.ie Memorial winner Billy Horschel has labelled the LIV Golf Series defectors as 'brainwashed' as the rivalry continues to grow. Pic: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images

'I've had some of them (LIV Golf players) tell me, "I'll see you on Tour again.' I said, "No you won't".'

Horschel previously brandished the LIV Golf players 'hypocrites', and urged them to 'go away' for good.

Open champion Cam Smith has become the latest major name to be linked with a big money move to LIV Golf.

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