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Mickelson and Other Golf Pros Sue PGA Tour in LIV Fight – SABC News

Hall of Famer golfer Phil Mickelson and 10 other players filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour on Wednesday, alleging it broke antitrust law law by rejecting them take part on the Tour and new rival LIV Golf Circuit, backed by Saudi Arabia.

The lawsuit was led by six-time major champion Mickelson and includes 2020 US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau, European Ryder Cup veteran Ian Poulter, Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones, among others.

“As part of its carefully orchestrated plan to best the competition, the Tour has threatened players who participate in even a single LIV golf event with lifetime bans,” the golfers said in the complaint.

They asked the court to declare the penalties illegal and award damages and attorneys’ fees.

IIn a letter to players, the PGA Tour confirmed the 11 had been suspended and indicated that the Tour was not inclined to back down.

“These suspended players – who are now employees of the Saudi Golf League – have left the TOUR and are now looking to get back in,” Commissioner Jay Monahan wrote in a letter to members. “We intend to present our arguments clearly and forcefully.”

In July it was announced that the US Department of Justice is investigating whether the PGA Tour is broke antitrust law law in defense the LIV round of golf.

The $255 million LIV series is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which critics say is a vehicle for the country to boost its image amid criticism of its human rights record.

Mickelson and Other Golf Pros Sue PGA Tour in LIV Fight – SABC News

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