Phil Mickelson, other LIV golfers drop antitrust lawsuit from PGA Tour

Phil Mickelson, other LIV golfers drop antitrust lawsuit from PGA Tour

High Flyer GC Team Captain Phil Mickelson is seen on the 18th tee during Day Two of the LIV Golf Invitational – Chicago at Rich Harvest Farms on September 17, 2022 in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

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Phil Mickelson and three other LIV golfers drop antitrust lawsuits against them on the PGA Tour.

Mickelson and 10 other players had ties to LIV They filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour in August after the tour banned them for participating in rival LIV Golf. League. The suit says the PGA Tour bans are anti-competitive.

Jonathan Grella, a representative for LIV Golf, said the significance of the lawsuit remains and LIV will continue to pursue the matter.

The PGA Tour declined to comment.

Taylor Goch, Hudson Swafford and Ian Poulter have dismissed their claims against the PGA Tour, according to a court filing Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

“Players’ rights are protected by LIV’s involvement in these matters and I do not feel it is necessary for me to be a part of the process,” Mickelson said in a statement through LIV Golf.

The other three players indicated their belief that LIV adequately pursues antitrust claims.

TThe Justice Department is also investigating the PGA Tour for possible antitrust violations. Affiliated with LIV Golf.

When the lawsuit was first filed, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan stood by the decision to ban players associated with LIV.

“Allowing him to re-enter our events would destabilize the Tour and the tournament, harming our organization, players, partners and fans,” Monahan said in a memo to tour members.

LIV Golf has also been the subject of scrutiny. The league is partially funded by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, which is controlled by the Saudi Crown Prince. Mikkelsen has been criticized for his ties to the government and has admitted to human rights abuses in the country.

Critics have called the league an attempt to “wash the sport” to improve Saudi Arabia’s image.

Earlier this month, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman visited Capitol Hill. According to Grella, “to educate members on LIV’s business model and to counter tourism’s anti-competitive efforts.”


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