Phil Mickelson and Ian Poutler are among several golfers filing a lawsuit against the PGA Tour
The LIV Golf Invitational has wreaked havoc in the golfing world as many of the world’s top golfers jump to the Saudi-backed organization.
Although many golfers like Dustin Johnson initially denied they would be moving to the rival tour, the LIV Invitational has now successfully recruited a large pool of players.
As a result, the PGA Tour suspended all members who signed up for the controversial series, with many golfers (like Johnson) resigning from the tour before their suspension.
In the latest twist of the story, it has now been reported that Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter are among 11 LIV golfers who have filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour to challenge their suspensions.
2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau is also another to put his name in the lawsuit, which argues the PGA Tour is attempting to harm her career.
What does the lawsuit say?
The lawsuit states, “The Tour’s conduct serves no purpose other than to harm players and prevent the occurrence of the first significant competitive threat the Tour has faced in decades.”
“The purpose of this promotion is to strike down the PGA Tour’s anti-competitive rules and practices that prevent these independent contract golfers from playing when and where they want.”
What did the PGA Tour say?
In response to the lawsuit, which was directed at PGA Tour members, Commissioner Jay Monahan wrote a letter stating that the PGA would not back down:
“These suspended players – who are now Saudi Golf League employees – left the tour and are now looking to get back in.
“It’s an attempt to use the tour platform to promote yourself and capitalize on your benefits and efforts.
“Allowing re-entry into our events puts the tour and the competition at risk to the detriment of our organization, our players, our partners and our fans.
“The lawsuit they have filed somehow expects us to believe the opposite, which is why we intend to make our case clear and forceful.”
Which players have registered for the LIV Golf Invitational?
Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson are among the biggest names to join the league and along with them are Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed and Sergio Garcia.
Ian Poulter is a member of the LIV series and was subsequently suspended from the Europe-based DP World Tour.
This move then prompted 16 players to threaten legal action if the bans were upheld.
Poulter was able to compete at the Scottish Open after his ban was lifted pending a full appeal.
Carlos Ortiz, Peter Uihlein, Jason Kokrak, Pat Perez, Abraham Ancer, Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones are the other plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the PGA Tour BBC has reported.
When are the next PGA Tour and LIV Series events?
The Wyndham Championship is taking place this weekend from Thursday 4th August to Sunday 7th August at Sedgefield Country Club and is part of the PGA Tour.
The next stage of the controversial LIV series will take place in early September.
The International in Boston, Massachusetts will host the fourth of eight tournaments from September 2-4, 2022.