LIV Golf tour controversy: Phil Mickelson among 11 golfers suing PGA tour

Phil Mickelson lines up a shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf tournament in Bedminster, N.J., Friday, July 29, 2022.

Seth Wenig, Associated Press

A group of 11 LIV Tour golfers headlined by Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour.

“As part of its carefully orchestrated plan to defeat competition, the Tour has threatened lifetime bans on players who play in even a single LIV Golf event,” the lawsuit says, according to a story by ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.

“It has backed up these threats by imposing unprecedented suspensions on players (including the plaintiffs) that threaten irreparable harm to the players and their ability to pursue their profession. It has threatened sponsors, vendors, and agents to coerce players to abandon opportunities to play in LIV Golf events. And it has orchestrated a per se unlawful group boycott with the European Tour to deny LIV Golf access to their members.”

According to Schlabach’s story, three of the 11 players — Taylor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones — are seeking a temporary restraining order from a federal judge that would allow them to compete in the FedEx Cup playoffs, which begin next week (all 11 players are among more than two dozen who have been suspended by the PGA Tour, according to ESPN.)


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“The punishment that would accrue to these players from not being able to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs is substantial and irreparable,” the lawsuit says, according to ESPN, “and a temporary restraining order …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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