Phil Mickelson is suing the PGA Tour, and details of his and other LIV rebels’ unprecedented actions show the six-time top winner was secretly banned in March for recruiting players to Saudi Arabia.
Mickelson case and 10 other Tour players, including Englishman Ian Poulter, against their indefinite suspension is a notable escalation in the LIV Golf saga, which was featured exclusively in Telegraph Sport last week. The sport has just become even more polarized with Justin Thomas, the first of the Loyalists to attack the rebels.
“They are suing the Tour, they are suing their teammates, they are suing me, they are suing Rory. [McIlroy] they are suing the tiger [Woods] they’re suing every Tour player they’ve made eye contact with, played with and played cups with,” Thomas told the NLU, alluding to the fact that the Tour belongs to the players. “They’re suing all of us.”
Bryson DeChambeau, Abraham Unser, Carlos Ortiz, Pat Perez, Jason Cokrach and Peter Yulein are among the other players who have filed a lawsuit alleging that the PGA Tour is trying to hurt their careers.
“The Tour’s behavior has no other purpose than to harm players and prevent the first major competitive threat the Tour has faced in decades,” the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said. states.
“The purpose of this action is to repeal the PGA Tour’s anti-competitive rules and practices that prevent these independent golfers from playing when and where they choose.”
In response, the PGA Tour released a memorandum written by Players Commissioner Jay Monahan in which he described 11 players as former colleagues who had “retired from the tour” and said they were now “staff of the Saudi Golf League”.
“We have been preparing to defend our membership and challenge this latest attempt to derail our tour, and you must be sure of the legitimacy of our position,” Monahan wrote. “Since the Saudi Golf League is on hiatus, they are trying to use lawyers to break into the competition along with our members in good standing. This is an attempt to use the Tour platform to promote yourself and freeride to your advantage and effort.”