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LIV Golf trio seeking PGA playoff spots get hearing Tuesday

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Three LIV Golf Series players vying for spots in the first PGA Tour playoffs next week will hold a court hearing in California on Tuesday to consider their waivers.

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US District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman will hear arguments in San Jose as Americans Talor Gooch and Hudson Swafford and Australian Matt Jones seek a temporary restraining order preventing the playoffs from starting without them.

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Gooch, Jones and Swafford were among 11 players from the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series to file an antitrust lawsuit Wednesday against the US PGA Tour, calling the established tour a monopoly trying to stifle an upstart that poached several players. big names and big winners with record contracts and prize wallets.

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The PGA Tour has indefinitely suspended all members and former members who competed in one of the three LIV Golf tournaments that have so far been contested.

Jones, Swafford and Gooch have secured spots in the FedEx Cup playoffs ahead of LIV Golf and are looking to play in the first playoff event starting next Thursday in Memphis.

While the antitrust case is a legal showdown that could drag on in the courts for years, players will need quick relief to qualify for the St. Jude Championship, where the field consists of the top 125 players on the PGA Tour season points list.

The top 70 will advance to the Week 2 tournament, while the top 30 will play in the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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