Phil Mickelson is one of a group of players who have removed themselves from LIV Golf. charge From the PGA Tour and the suspension Players involved in broke up Saudi sponsored tour.
Six-time major winner Ian Poulter, Talor Goch and Hudson Swafford joined him in dropping out of the proceedings. The players voluntarily dismissed their claims against the PGA Tour in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.
Of the original 11 players on the PGA Tour to file suit, LIV Golf names itself, Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Jones and Peter Uehlin as plaintiffs. Abraham Anser, Carlos Ortiz, Pat Perez and Jason Kokrak have already cleared their names.
Mickelson’s decision comes as no surprise after he said two weeks ago that his stake in the lawsuit is not as important as it used to be.
“Now that LIV is involved, it’s not necessary for me to be involved,” Mickelson said he told SI.com. at Rich Harvest Farms before the LIV Golf event in Chicago. “It’s still me. I really don’t know what to do.”
“The only reason I stay inside is the[financial]damage, I don’t want or need anything. I think it’s important that the players have the right to play when and where they want, whenever and wherever they’re fit. And now LIV is a part of it, if and when that wins.
The charges were serious in August when he filed for a temporary restraining order from playing in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan announced in June that golfers who played in the controversial split series have been suspended and will no longer be able to compete in PGA Tour events.
The lawsuit alleges that the PGA Tour is threatening lifetime bans against players who participate in the LIV Golf Series, with “unprecedented restrictions” being imposed on them. The suit also alleges that the PGA Tour has threatened sponsors, suppliers and agents to force players to give up opportunities to play at LIV golf events and access their members.
basis For many media, the trial is scheduled to begin in January 2024.
The LIV Golf Series is sponsored by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia – the sovereign wealth fund run by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the man responsible for approving the operation that led to a US intelligence report in the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. .
The tour consists of eight events around the world. The first was held in London in June. The most recent was held from September 16 to 18 at Rich Harvest Farms in Chicago.