Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau among 11 LIV golfers to file lawsuit against PGA Tour

The dispute between the PGA Tour and the Saudi Arabia-funded golf series LIV is now in court. Mickelson is among 11 players who have the PGA Tour in federal court.

SAN FRANCISCO — Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and a group of players who defected to Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour on Wednesday, the first step in a legal battle that could define the rules , where players can compete.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the filing in US District Court in San Francisco. The complaint also includes a request for an injunction from Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones to compete in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Carlos Ortiz, Ian Poulter, Peter Uihlein, Jason Kokrak, Pat Perez and Abraham Ancer are the other plaintiffs identified in the lawsuit.

Six players who competed in LIV Golf events rank in the top 125 in FedEx Cup standings and would be qualified for the start of the PGA Tour postseason, which begins next week.

The PGA Tour has suspended members for participating in LIV Golf events without clearing them to play in tournaments in the same week of a PGA Tour event. The tour does not allow releases for tournaments held in North America. The last two LIV Golf events – with a purse of $25 million for 54 holes without a cut – were held in Oregon and New Jersey.

The Journal reported that details of the lawsuit indicate the PGA Tour suspended Mickelson in March for allegedly recruiting players for LIV Golf. When he applied for reinstatement in June, the tour turned it down because he played the first Saudi event outside of London.

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