It’s been a busy few days at the LIV golf course.
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that 11 LIV Golf Invitational Series players, including Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau, sued the PGA Tour in response to their expulsion from the US after they left the ship and joined the Saudi-backed series.
They want to compete in PGA Tour tournaments even though it will add to their already existing schedule of 14 tournaments the LIV has planned for 2023, which ultimately flies in the face of many of their main arguments for joining a new league – we want to play less golf. and spend more time with our families!
Since the publication of the lawsuit, several new points have come to light, one of which is that Augusta national officials apparently tried to convince players from joining LIV.
But the most interesting are the text messages between Sergio Garcia and Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf.
On May 31 this year, Garcia was announced as one of the main names of the first LIV event in London. But according to these text messages, Garcia planned his jump months in advance.
“I just wanted to see how things are going with the League because it looks like a lot of the guys who loved her and were in awe of her last week are now fucked up,” Garcia wrote in a February post. eleven.
Then, almost a week later, Garcia wrote the following: “Hi Sharkey! Officially, the Tour informed our managers this week that anyone who signs with the League will be banned from the Tour for life! I don’t know how we can get enough good players to join the League under these conditions.”
In response, Norman was adamant that the Tour couldn’t take that step: “They can’t ban you for a day, let alone for life. It’s a superficial threat.”
Here’s a look at all the posts:
June 9 PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan banned 17 players from the PGA Tour after they played LIV London.
Life comes to you quickly.
Saudi Arabia has been accused of wide-ranging human rights abuses, including politically motivated killings, torture, enforced disappearances and inhumane treatment of prisoners. And members of the Saudi royal family and government have been accused of being involved in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist.