There was only talk of a lawsuit between the LIV Golf Invitational Series and the PGA Tour, sponsored by breakaway Saudi Arabia. until now.
As first reported in the Wall Street Journal On Wednesday, 11 LIV golfers are testifying in a lawsuit challenging the PGA Tour ban.
Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau are among the 11 who have sued on tour.
Three other LIV golfers — Talor Goch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford — are part of the lawsuit as they seek a temporary restraining order so they can play in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Other golfers participating were Abraham Anser, Jason Kokrak, Carlos Ortiz, Pat Perez, Ian Poulter and Peter Uhlein.
The PGA Tour’s three-event postseason begins next week in Memphis. Goch, Jones and Swafford were fit for the game before going to LIV.
The charge found Golf weekHe says:
As the tourism monopoly grew in power, it used its dominance to develop anti-competitive defenses to protect its long-term monopoly. Now at LIV Golf, Inc. (“LIV Golf”) entered into jeopardy and contrary to its established mission, the tour managed to harm the careers and livelihoods of any of the golfers, including plaintiffs Phil Mickelson, Taylor Gooch, Hudson. Swafford, Matt Jones, Bryson DeChambeau, Abraham Anser, Carlos Ortiz, Ian Poulter, Pat Perez, Jason Kokrak and Peter Uhlein (“Plaintiffs”), who are strong enough to contest the tour and play in tournaments sponsored by the new participant. The tour did so in a deliberate and unrelenting effort to stamp out incipient competition before it threatened the tourism monopoly.
LIV Golf has now staged three events and before each, new PGA Tour and DP World Tour players join the first round, sponsored by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund. And each time, the tour stopped them.
Saudi Arabia has suffered widespread human rights abuses, including politically motivated killings, massacres, forced disappearances, and inhumane treatment of prisoners. And members of the royal family and the Saudi government have been accused of complicity in the murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
“I wish it wasn’t so. Wherever you qualify, I think you have the credentials to play somewhere, you should be able to do it,” Anser told Golfweek last week at the LIV Golf Invitational Series event at Trump National Bedminster. He also thinks he will play in the final if he gets the chance. “Everything is changing day by day, so I don’t even know what’s going on. I’m committed to LIV, but I want to play all over the world. We will see what happens,” he said.
When asked by Trump in Bedminster, Matthew Wolf couldn’t give a definitive answer on whether he would run in the finals, but said he would “absolutely” consider it.