The PGA Tour responded to a lawsuit launched towards it by LIV Golf’s 11 gamers on Wednesday, with commissioner Jay Monahan issuing a letter to its membership saying the tour was able to battle again.
“We’re getting ready to defend our membership and counter this newest try to disrupt our membership,” he wrote in a be aware despatched to PGA Tour gamers on Wednesday.
“Principally, these suspended gamers – who are actually workers of the Saudi Golf League – have walked away from the Tour and now wish to return in.”
LIV gamers, which embody Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau, filed an antitrust lawsuit difficult the suspension given to them by the PGA Tour. As well as, three gamers – Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swayford – requested for a brief restraining order that will enable them to compete within the FedEx Cup playoffs beginning subsequent week. All three gamers have certified earlier than leaving for the rival league.
Different golfers concerned within the lawsuit are Ian Poulter, Abraham Enser, Jason Kokrak, Carlos Ortiz, Pat Perez and Peter Uhlin.
Within the lawsuit, it’s alleged that the PGA Tour suspended Mickelson for attempting to encourage different gamers to affix the LIV League. Additionally it is alleged that though DeChambeau signed with LIV Golf in February, he was “compelled to publicly declare loyalty to the PGA Tour.” The longtime hitter launched a press release throughout the Genesis Invitational on February 20, saying that he would proceed to play the PGA Tour.
Monahan has taken a powerful stance towards the brand new league since its formation, declining an invite to talk with LIV CEO Greg Norman. He advised his membership that the PGA Tour wouldn’t again down within the newest chapter.
Within the memo, he wrote, “It’s an try to make use of the tour platform to advertise itself and be freed from its advantages and efforts.” “Permitting re-entry to our occasions compromises tour and competitors to the detriment of our organisation, our gamers, our companions and our followers. We count on to imagine ultimately the opposite from the swimsuit he has filed, which is why we wish to make our case very clearly and forcefully.”
Monahan additionally deputed his gamers, inviting them to offer their opinion on the state of affairs.
“I encourage you to talk publicly on this problem, in that case,” he mentioned.
The PGA Tour’s final common season occasion begins on Thursday on the Wyndham Championship, whereas LIV Golf begins its subsequent occasion in Boston on September 2.