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Phil Mickelson is one of 11 LIV golf stars to challenge PGA Tour ban in antitrust lawsuit

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This was always going to end in a lawsuit between Phil Mickelson and the PGA Tour, but that day has arrived. A group of 11 LIV golf league stars have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour in hopes of allowing the tour to resume. are still eligible for ruling in favor of next week’s FedEx Cup playoffs.

After some of its golfers left the PGA Tour in June to join LIV Golf, PGA Tour suspended them And many kicked them out of the FedEx Cup playoffs they qualified for, despite not participating in a PGA Tour event for two months. But Mickelson’s suspension is more serious than that, according to The Wall Street Journal. The tour apparently suspended him in March after making provocative comments about Saudi Arabia and the LIV Golf League in February.

The lawsuit also reveals new details about Mickelson’s status on the tour, which has been the subject of a serious conspiracy after he quit playing following controversial comments about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record released earlier this year. offer.

According to the lawsuit, Mickelson was suspended by the PGA Tour in March for allegedly recruiting players to play at the LIV, among other reasons, and his appeal was dismissed. Tool refused it, based on his participation in his first LIV event outside of London that month. It was later extended until March 2024.

The PGA Tour generally allows up to three exemptions for players to play on other tours, and has consistently allowed players to play on other tours.However, that was not the case at the first LIV event, with Golf Channel pointing out wording in the rules that may be the reason. [the Tour] Violate any contractual obligations with the Tournament Sponsor or otherwise cause material and unjustifiable harm; [the Tour] And such a sponsor. ”

LIV Golf is clearly trying to wipe out the PGA Tour and is paying players exorbitant amounts to accomplish this. Mickelson, DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson all reportedly hit nine figures.tiger woods It looks like they were offered nearly a billion dollars to participate, but he declined. A LIV golfer is actually using this against his PGA Tour in a lawsuit.

“LIV Golf has committed antitrust violations even before the PGA Tour was launched, alleging that the PGA Tour has monopoly power in the golf market and seeks to use that power to weed out emerging challengers. We were ready to sue for or we should raise the price of LIV access to players,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

One of the problems here is that golfers are trying to pick and choose which PGA TOUR event they want to play without actually helping them build a PGA TOUR week by week. LIV golfers will say that this is the right of independent contractors and, in fact, they state in their lawsuit that “the purpose of this lawsuit is to prevent these independent contractor golfers from engaging in anti-competitive activities on the PGA Tour. It’s about defeating the rules and conventions that are unfair,” he said. Decide when and where to play. ”

But PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan has a different view. Notes to Players Published Shortly after news of the lawsuit dropped:

Basically, these suspended players, who are now Saudi Golf League employees, have been off the Tour and now want to return to it. Our members are in good standing. An attempt to use a tour platform to promote itself and free ride on profits and efforts. Allowing re-entry to events jeopardizes the Tour and the competition to the detriment of the organization, players, partners and fans. The lawsuits they filed somehow expect us to believe the opposite.

We don’t yet know if the player will be able to participate in both Tours, but we should have an answer soon as to whether the player will be able to participate in next week’s FedEx Cup Playoffs. There is also a recent precedent here. Ian Poulter and his two other golfers were allowed to play at the Scottish Open despite being banned by the DP World Tour. I was allowed to stay just before that tournament started. Perhaps the same applies in this situation.

Interestingly, players such as Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka, and Dustin Johnson (all transferred to the LIV Golf League) declined membership outright, were not part of the lawsuit, and were not eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs. There is none.

LIV Golf’s next event will be in Boston in early September after the FedEx Cup playoffs.