The dispute between the PGA Tour and the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Series is currently in court. Mickelson is one of his 11 players on the PGA Tour in federal court.
SAN FRANCISCO—Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and a group of defected players from Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour on Wednesday.
The Wall Street Journal first reported that it had filed a lawsuit in federal district court in San Francisco. The complaint also includes applications for temporary restraining orders by Talla Gooch, Hudson Swafford, and Matt Jones to keep FedEx out of his cup playoffs.
Carlos Ortiz, Ian Poulter, Peter Uihlein, Jason Kokrak, Pat Perez, and Abraham Ancer are other plaintiffs identified in the lawsuit.
The six players who competed in the LIV Golf event are among the top 125 players in the FedEx Cup rankings and are eligible to start the PGA TOUR postseason starting next week.
The PGA TOUR has suspended members playing at LIV Golf events without being released to play in the tournament during the same week of the PGA TOUR event. Releases to tournaments held in North America are not permitted on this tour. His last two LIV golf events, which have earned $25 million in prize money over 54 holes without cuts, have been held in Oregon and New Jersey.
The Journal reported that details of the lawsuit show the PGA Tour suspended Mickelson in March for allegedly recruiting players to LIV Golf. When he applied for reinstatement in June, the tour refused it because he played in the first Saudi event held outside London.
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Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and 11 LIV Golfers File Lawsuit Against PGA Tour
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