Phil Mickelson and three others formally asked to be removed on Tuesday. according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.
Mickelson, Talor Gooch, Ian Poulter and Hudson Swafford have asked to be dismissed as plaintiffs in a lawsuit in which they and others are on the PGA Tour.
“I’m focused on moving forward and very happy to be a part of LIV and also grateful for my time on tour,” Mickelson said in a statement. . “I am delighted that the players on the Tour are finally being heard, respected and appreciated and are benefiting from the changes that have recently been implemented. Thanks to LIV’s participation in these matters, the rights of the players will be protected, and I no longer feel the need for this. for me to be part of the proceedings.”
Mickelson was one of several, along with the LIV Golf, . They claimed several antitrust violations, challenged the Tour’s decision to bar them from events, and more. Mickelson alleged in the lawsuit that he was suspended for two months in March for “trying to recruit players” for LIV Golf.
Three players in the lawsuit also used it to try, although the referee denied the motion.
“Nothing has changed,” said LIV Golf spokesman Jonathan Grella. . “The substance of the case, the anti-competitive behavior of the PGA Tour, is still on the table and will be fully tested in court. And we are looking forward to it. LIV stands by the players who have been treated so badly by the PGA Tour, but we also recognize that we no longer need multiple players to be sued to be successful. We have our players’ backs and will push for anti-competitive behavior on the PGA Tour.”
Mickelson has been the face of the controversial new Saudi-backed project since its inception, and his involvement has been the most criticized.
Despite this and the ongoing lawsuit between the two leagues, Mickelson said earlier this month that he thinks it’s time to merge the two leagues.
“I think both are essential for playing golf. Both are good for playing golf,” he said. — The inclusion of LIV Golf in the ecosystem of the golf world is essential.
“Once that happens and we all start working together, it will be a really positive moment for everyone.”