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    The PGA Tour has filed a countersuit against LIV Golf, alleging the upstart golf tour lured players to breach their contracts by offering "astronomical sums of money." The countersuit was filed as part of the lawsuit by LIV Golf and some of its players in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The filing seeks "damages suffered as a result of LIV’s tortious interference with the TOUR’s contracts with LIV Players including any lost profits, damages to reputational and brand harm, costs, punitive damages, reasonable attorneys’ fees and pre-suit costs," as well as a trial by jury. PHIL MICKELSON AND THREE OTHERS OPT OUT OF LIV ANTITRUST SUIT AGAINST PGA TOUR "LIV has executed a campaign to pay the LIV Players astronomical sums of money to induce them to breach their contracts with the TOUR in an effort to use the LIV Players and the game of golf to sportswash the recent history of Saudi atrocities and to further the Saudi Public Investment Fund’s Vision 2030 initiatives," the PGA Tour says in its...
    Prominent golf champion Phil Mickelson and three other professional golfers are asking to be removed from LIV Golf's antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour. Mickelson, Talor Gooch, Ian Poulter, and Hudson Swafford filed court documents to drop out as plaintiffs in the suit against the PGA Tour that accuses it of engaging in monopolistic practices by suspending them from its tournaments due to their participation in LIV. RSC CHAIRMAN OFFERS TO HOST TIGER WOODS AND JACK NICKLAUS AMID PGA FEUD WITH LIV GOLF “Nothing has changed. The merits of the case — the PGA Tour’s anticompetitive conduct — still stand,” a LIV spokesperson said in a statement to the Washington Examiner after the players dropped out of the suit. “LIV stands with the players whom the PGA Tour has treated so poorly, but we also recognize that to be successful, we no longer need a wide array of players to be on the suit.” The players gave similar reasons for dropping the suit. Gooch, Poulter, and Swafford indicated that they did not feel their involvement...
    Team Captain Phil Mickelson of Hy Flyers GC is seen on the 18th tee during Day Two of the LIV Golf Invitational - Chicago at Rich Harvest Farms on September 17, 2022 in Sugar Grove, Illinois.Chris Trotman | LIV Golf | Getty Images Phil Mickelson and three other LIV golfers have dropped out of an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour. Mickelson and 10 other LIV-affiliated players had filed a suit against the PGA Tour in August after the tour suspended them for their participation in the rival LIV Golf league. The suit alleged that the PGA Tour's suspensions were anticompetitive. Jonathan Grella, an LIV Golf representative, said the merits of the suit still stand and that the LIV will continue to pursue the case. The PGA Tour declined to comment. Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Ian Poulter also dismissed their claims against the PGA Tour, according to a court filing Tuesday with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. "With LIV's involvement in these issues, the players' rights will be protected, and I no longer...
    LIV Golf chief executive Greg Norman climbed Capitol Hill this week seeking lawmakers' support for the upstart tour amid its ongoing antitrust lawsuit against its PGA rivals, but was instead accused of spreading propaganda for his Saudi Arabian backers. Norman faced questions over LIV Golf's financing, which comes from Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, as legislators from both parties accused him of wasting Congress' time on a business dispute between the tours. LIV Golf and seven of its players recently sued the PGA Tour over alleged antitrust violations, stemming from the Tour's decision to ban any golfers who signed with the Saudi-backed circuit. 'They wanted to talk about antitrust, and I could care less,' Congressman Tim Burchett (Republican-Tennessee) told the Washington Post. 'It's not Congress's job. We're a country of laws; take it up to the courts. That's where it needs to be, not in the halls of Congress. 'How in the hell are we wasting any time talking about a bunch of millionaires and a golf game?' he continued. 'This is all just Saudi propaganda.' LIV Golf chief executive...
    Rugby league star Christian Welch has taken a brutal swipe at Peter FitzSimons for his hypocritical stance on Australian golfer Cam Smith signing with Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour.  Smith's shift to the breakaway golf league is reportedly earning him $140 million - something the former Wallabies star and husband of TV host Lisa Wilkinson - slammed as 'blood money' in a recent column.  But the Melbourne Storm prop pointed out that FitzSimons recently appeared in an advertising campaign for the food delivery app Uber Eats which Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is a major investor in. 'It's okay for you to profit (albeit indirectly) from the Saudi investment fund but not a golfer?' Welch shared on Twitter. 'Same money funding LIV invested in Uber, Boeing & Starbucks. Are you complicit when you get a ride home or a cappuccino? How far does it go? I don't recall the same outrage at those companies, but dare a golfer accept the cash on offer.' FitzSimons recently appeared in an advertising campaign for the food delivery app Uber Eats (pictured in Welch's Tweet)...
    In 2015, Rory McIlroy had tickets for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas. One problem: he also had 18 holes to play against Paul Casey in the WGC Cadillac Match Play tournament, at TPC Harding Park. No problem. McIlroy was a 24-year-old high roller back then. He had a private plane on standby to fly him from San Francisco to the Nevada desert, and back in time for Sunday’s final if necessary. Problem. The Casey duel overran.  Not only could McIlroy not make it to Vegas in time – Lee Westwood got his tickets – he was also in danger of missing the bell, if he dashed back to his hotel. So McIlroy pulled up a chair in the media tent, pulled out his wallet for pizza and beers for the assembled company, and watched the fight from there. He’s a big boxing fan. Yet he doesn’t have an opinion about the sport selling out to Saudi Arabia. He’s also a football man. In 2014, he paraded the Claret Jug for his Open win at Old Trafford, home...
    The Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour has joined a lawsuit filed by golfers who were banned from the PGA Tour after joining the new tournament. LIV Golf has been listed as a plaintiff, and four golfers dropped their names from the lawsuit, per an amended court filing with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. TRUMP TO HOST NYC WOMEN’S GOLF TOURNAMENT BACKED BY SAUDI ARABIA Pat Perez, Carlos Ortiz, Abraham Ancer, and Jason Kokrak all withdrew from the lawsuit, with Perez saying he has "no ill feelings" toward the PGA Tour. "I have no ill feelings toward the PGA Tour or any of the players,’’ Perez told Sports Illustrated. “I’m a LIV guy 100%. I’m going to play for them. But I don’t feel any need to go after the PGA Tour. They gave me a wonderful opportunity for 21 years. I’ve got nothing against them, no hard feelings toward anybody." In the lawsuit, LIV Golf and seven other golfers claimed the PGA Tour had unfairly used its power as the...
    (CNN)The Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series has joined the antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour in an amended complaint in which four golfers originally listed on the original lawsuit have withdrawn their names.Carlos Ortiz, Abraham Ancer, Pat Perez and Jason Kokrak withdrew their names, leaving just seven golfers including six-time major champion Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau along with LIV Golf as the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.Earlier this month, 11 golfers participating in the LIV Golf series filed an antitrust lawsuit to challenge their suspensions by the PGA Tour. Three golfers still listed on the lawsuit -- Matt Jones, Talor Gooch and Hudson Swafford -- had their request for a temporary restraining order to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs denied by a judge earlier in August.The amended complaint was filed on Friday in the US District Court in Northern California.Read MoreA general course view during the first round of a LIV Golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.According to the amended complaint, LIV Golf is seeking "punitive damages against the PGA Tour for its tortious interference with LIV...
    Lee Westwood has found the recent changes the PGA Tour has announced in the wake of the launch of LIV Golf to be comical. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan revealed on Wednesday a number of immediate changes, including a minimum salary of $500,000 for all players, a new average purse of $20million to keep pace with LIV, and immediate lifetime membership for golfers when they reach 20 wins - rather than the initial 15 years needed. The Tour chief is believed to have given the green light to the changes as the battle against the Saudi-backed breakaway series, LIV, continues.  Former Ryder Cup hero Westwood was one of the first to defect to the rebel tour, teeing it up at the inaugural event in St Albans, London and captaining his team, the Majesticks, at the second and third events of the series.  The former World No. 1 has now slammed the PGA Tour's changes as he branded his former tour a copycat of his new one and slammed his former peers 'hypocrites'.  'I laugh at what the PGA Tour players...
    TIGER WOODS has announced a new venture with Rory McIlroy in an attempt to fight back against LIV Golf. The golf legend flew in for emergency talks with fellow PGA Tour pros last week with more and more players headed to the rebel series. 3Tiger Woods has joined Rory McIlroy to launch a new golf tourCredit: Getty 3TMRW Sports will launch the venture in January 2024Credit: The Mega Agency 3Tiger Woods flew in for emergency talks with PGA Tour pros last weekCredit: Alamy And Woods, 46, has joined the PGA Tour and his good friend McIlroy in a new competition. It is due to begin in January 2024 and will feature six teams of PGA Tour players facing off in a three on three tournament. There will be a 15-match regular season with a place in the semis and finals at stake. Matches will last two hours and take place on a tech-inspired, short-game complex in a stadium setting. Read More Sport StoriesGAME FACE Tiger Woods' comeback is now officially complete after video game announcementON TOUR Paige Spiranac posts hilarious...
    In response to the ongoing raid by LIV Golf, the PGA Tour's players have been strategizing and details have surfaced as the contents of Tuesday's players-only meeting.  Tiger Woods' heroic dash to Delaware was of no surprise to anyone. Although secrecy was supposed to be applied following the PGA Tour's players-only meeting.  The Firepit Collective is reporting the Tour has put together a plan in which they could hold 18 no-cut tournaments, involving 60 players, and crucially the scope to compete for $20million purses.  For context, bitter rivals LIV Golf currently have $25m purses.  The Tour isn't reportedly stopping there and has conceived other ways it can potentially keep pace with the Saudi breakaway league. Relinquishing their non-profit status is another mechanism in which the PGA may engender further financial fluidity. Both Woods and Rory McIlroy are reportedly in support of the change. Details from Tiger Woods' crunch meeting with PGA Tour players have been revealed  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Unamused Rory McIlroy stares down a fan and throws his toy... Tiger Woods'...
    Those who remain (mostly) calm on the fairways will have their forbearance tested in the courtroom as the LIV golfers' antitrust lawsuit was significantly delayed.  A tentative date of July 23, 2023 has been set for summary judgement by US District Judge Bath Labson Freeman, in which the PGA Tour will almost certainly look to have the case thrown out.  The trial itself is likely to occur on January 8 of 2024. With the lawsuit hearing pushed back, LIV's contingent are at a disadvantage, for the intermediary at least. Phil Mickelson signed a contract reportedly worth $200million to join the runaway group LIV Golf's players had hoped for a hearing prior to the start of next year's FedEx Cup Playoffs, August 7, 2023, but those hopes were dashed Thursday. Earlier this month, 11 Liv Golfers sued the Tour, challenging the suspensions handed down for their defection.  Three of the near-dozen -- Hudson Swafford, Matt Jones and Talor Gooch -- even went as far as seeking temporary restraining orders which would have enabled them to play in the ongoing FedEx Cup...
    (CNN)LIV golfer Patrick Reed filed a defamation lawsuit against the Golf Channel and commentator Brandel Chamblee on Tuesday.The 32-year-old is seeking a trial by jury for compensatory damages of more than $750 million as well as injunctive relief for consequential and punitive damages.In the suit, Reed alleges that Chamblee and NBC's Golf Channel have conspired for and with the PGA Tour to engage in a pattern and practice of defaming him by "misreporting information with falsity and/or reckless disregard of the truth, that is with actual and constitutional malice, purposely omitting pertinent key material facts to mislead the public."In an interview with the Travis Fulton podcast in June, Chamblee described the 2018 Masters champion and other golfers that joined the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series as "aligning themselves with a tyrannical, murderous leader," according to the lawsuit. Chamblee was referring to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, who chairs Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund which owns the breakaway series.Reed during the LIV Golf Invitational at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster on July 29.Read MoreA US intelligence...
    Tiger Woods took the lead in the meeting of golf's top players on Tuesday, as they addressed the PGA Tour's plans to fight back against LIV Golf's threat to the established order of the sport. Woods flew to Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday on his private jet for a private meeting of top players to discuss the threat of the Saudi-funded breakaway ahead of the BMW Championship. He has not qualified for the second FedEx Cup playoff event but jetted in to attend a conference of 22 players that lasted for three-and-a-half hours, before he was pictured leaving the venue, the five-star Hotel du Pont, on Wednesday night. And Rory McIlroy has revealed Woods, 46, made himself heard with a hands-on approach to finding 'actionable steps' to secure the Tour's future. Tiger Woods is pictured leaving the meeting of PGA Tour golfers on Tuesday evening Woods drove away from the Hotel du Pont after acting as an 'alpha' in the fight against LIV Golf Rory McIlroy hailed Woods for his role in leading the PGA Tour players' meeting 'We're all great...
    Tiger Woods' crunch meeting with fellow anti-LIV PGA Tour pros Tuesday reportedly went well. The star landed at Philadelphia International Airport in his private jet en route to Delaware for the discussion at the BMW Championship. Woods took off from Stuart, Florida on Tuesday lunchtime with Rickie Fowler and two hours later had landed on the east coast, just a half an hour drive from Wilmington, Delaware, where the BMW Championship is being played later this week. The meeting lasted 3.5 hours and was described as 'good' by one player, as reported by ESPN.  The outlet also reports that the meeting was aimed at getting PGA Tour players to be of like mind as the fightback against the Saudi-backed rebel event gathers momentum. Suggestions will reportedly be raised with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. Woods, whose journey was tracked by ADS-B Exchange, has reportedly turned down a huge $800million offer to join the likes of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau on the new series. It was reported on Monday that 'everything is on the table' at Tuesday's meeting, including possible major championship boycotts...
    ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said he’s “disgusted” by Tiger Woods rallying against Saudi-backed LIV Golf. “Tiger Woods is scheduled to meet with several of the top golfers in the world Tuesday in an effort to rally support around the PGA Tour in its ongoing battle with the rival LIV Golf series,” reported ESPN’s Mark Schlabach on Monday, citing sources. During Tuesday’s First Take, Smith blasted Woods, saying he has “a big issue” with Woods seeking PGA players to oppose LIV Golf: I’m disgusted by it. Let me explain why. The United States government, their number two trade partner, from what I’ve read, is Saudi Arabia. a host of U.S. corporations, and I apologize, I just googled it, I just looked it up just now. If I’m wrong about anybody, please forgive me, General Electric, AT&T, Bank of America, Halliburton Company, Pfizer International. A whole bunch of people. If I’m wrong, I apologize, it was online. Talk about these major corporations doing business. I don’t know. I just said it was online, so I don’t know. But I’m pretty sure it’s safe...
    (CNN)Golf has come a long way since Willie Park Senior and Old Tom Morris, in a field of just eight players, competed in the first Open in 1860 at Prestwick. Long gone are the days of men playing in suits and using wooden clubs in a sport that has since transitioned into a multi-billion-dollar business. However, as the sport's oldest tournament travels to the 'home of golf' -- St. Andrews, Scotland -- for its 150th edition, the traditional foundations face their biggest threat for over half a century. The birth of the LIV Golf invitational series has rocked the sport, dividing players, organizers and fans about who is wrong, who is right and what the future of the sport should be. The juxtaposition between the most historic and famous golf tournament being played on its oldest course with this new threat in the background, especially with LIV golfers playing in groups alongside their critics in Scotland, has led to the prospect of a fascinating major. Old Tom Morris, one of golf's early leaders, is photographed preparing to hit a shot....
    (CNN)Rory McIlroy says "common sense prevailed" after a US federal judge denied three LIV Golf players a temporary restraining order that would have allowed them to play in the first event of the PGA Tour postseason.Last week, 11 golfers on the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series filed an antitrust lawsuit to challenge their suspensions by the PGA Tour. Three of those golfers -- Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones -- were seeking a temporary restraining order so they could compete in this week's first playoff event, the FedEx St. Jude Championship. Phil Mickelson, 10 other LIV golfers file antitrust lawsuit against PGA Tour "From my vantage point, common sense prevailed and I thought it was the right decision," McIlroy told reporters. "It lets us focus on the important stuff, which is the golf. We can all move forward and not have that sideshow going on for the next few weeks, which is nice."I don't feel like it's my job to be up here and sticking up for the PGA Tour or being a spokesperson, it's just the role I...
    A LIV Golf lawyer implied that the Saudi-backed series has lied about prize purses after claiming winnings were 'recouped against' the rebels' mega-money contracts.  The breakaway, which is funded by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, has lured some of the sport's biggest names away with lucrative offers and massive prize funds.  However, it now appears some of those players may not see a dime of those winnings.  On Tuesday, three LIV Golf players Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford had their request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to be able to play in the FedEx Cup standings this week denied.  The trio are part of 11 players who filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour after being suspended for playing in the Saudi-backed breakaway series.  During the hearing, one of the players' lawyers said that the money allegedly won during LIV Golf events is 'recouped against the LIV contracts.' However, this contradicted insistences LIV Golf has previously made that the winnings are in addition to the mega-money signing-on fees some players have pocketed.  The prize purses were previously...
    (CNN)Six-time major champion Phil Mickelson and 10 other golfers on the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series filed an antitrust lawsuit Wednesday to challenge their suspensions by the PGA Tour. Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones, who are three of the 11 golfers listed on the lawsuit, are seeking a temporary restraining order that would allow them to play in the Tour's FedEx Cup Playoffs, which is set to begin next week."The Tour has ventured to harm the careers and livelihoods of any golfers...who have the temerity to defy the Tour and play in tournaments sponsored by the new entrant. The Tour has done so in an intentional and relentless effort to crush nascent competition before it threatens the Tour's monopoly," the complaint says. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced in June that golfers playing in the controversial breakaway series were suspended and would no longer be eligible to participate in PGA Tour tournaments. 9/11 survivors group appalled by hurtful Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour ahead of event staged near Ground ZeroThe lawsuit plaintiffs -- Mickelson, Gooch, Swafford, Jones,...
    Cliff Hawkins, Getty Images Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, and nine other golfers who joined the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour to challenge their suspensions from the league. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the 11 golfers filed an antitrust suit against the PGA. The players are raising the charge that the PGA Tour is a monopoly, and three of the golfers — Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones — are seeking a temporary restraining order that would allow them to play in the PGA’s FedEx Cup Playoffs, which they qualified for before joining LIV. The PGA announced in early June that it would suspend players joining LIV after Mickelson and others were lured to the series with lucrative offers. LIV is backed by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, which is managed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and those who’ve gotten involved in the series have been accused of turning a blind eye to Saudi Arabia’s conduct and poor human rights record. “We have followed the tournament regulations from...
    Team Hy Flyers Phil Mickelson of the U.S. speaks to the media after the first round of the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational, June 9, 2022.Paul Childs | Action Images via Reuters Eleven professional golfers filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour Wednesday after being suspended from playing in the tour over their involvement with the Saudi-backed LIV league. The complaint, filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, ratchets up an ongoing battle between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour. Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Ian Poulter and Talor Gooch, among others, allege in the filing that the PGA's restrictive policies are an attempt to choke off the supply of professional golfers to LIV, thus limiting LIV's ability to compete with the tour. The golfers are asking that their suspensions be lifted and for unspecified monetary damages. Three of the plaintiffs — Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones — are further requesting a temporary restraining order against the Tour allowing them to participate in the FedEx Cup Playoffs for which they qualified and which start...
    Weeks before former President Donald Trump nabbed the GOP nod in 2016, he was dealt a serious blow in the golfing world when the PGA Tour whisked away its coveted golf tournament from his Miami resort. Now, seven years later, Trump has the opportunity to settle the score against the prestigious golf behemoth. LIV Golf, an upstart rival backed by exorbitant cash from Saudi Arabia, burst on the scene, doling out heaps of cash to golf legends in hopes of peeling them away from the PGA Tour. Trump appears too eager to go along despite controversy. 'TRUMP GOOD, SAUDI BAD': BEDMINSTER LOCALS GRAPPLE WITH LIV UPROAR "All of those golfers that remain 'loyal' to the very disloyal PGA, in all of its different forms, will pay a big price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes, and you get nothing but a big 'thank you' from PGA officials who are making Millions of Dollars a year," he wrote in a post to his social media platform, Truth Social. Golf has long been a passion of the...
    In this article LIVB(L-R) Majed Al Sorour, CEO of Saudi Golf Federation, and Greg Norman, CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, clap during the trophy ceremony during day three of the LIV Golf Invitational - Portland at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club on July 2, 2022 in North Plains, Oregon.Jonathan Ferrey | LIV Golf | Getty ImagesSince last year, the PGA Tour has been speaking behind the scenes with White House officials and congressional lawmakers about its concerns with LIV Golf, a rival league funded by Saudi Arabia. As plans for LIV Golf were coming together, the PGA Tour quietly started reaching out to the White House and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in the second quarter of 2021, according to lobbying disclosure reports and people familiar with the matter. Since last year, the PGA Tour has paid $360,000 to the firm DLA Piper to lobby lawmakers on their behalf for multiple topics, including "Saudi Golf League proposals." The PGA Tour shelled out $120,000 in the second quarter of 2022, which spans from April to June 30, according to...
    Golfers suspended by the PGA Tour due to their participation in the breakaway Saudi LIV series have hinted they will pursue legal action in response to the decision. As reported by Golf Digest, former US Open champion Graeme McDowell has insisted that players have spoken to lawyers and feel they shouldn't be put in a situation where they have to resign from their PGA Tour membership. 'I have spoken to some players,' he revealed. 'We have spoken to the lawyers. We have the LIV legal team which is fantastic. We have our own legal team.  'Some players have decided to resign and try to stay away from any litigation. But some guys believe they shouldn't be in the situation where they have to resign. They don't feel like they are doing anything wrong.' McDowell resigned his PGA Tour membership just 30 minutes before teeing off on Thursday, insisting: 'I wanted to keep the moral high ground and remain a member of the tour because I really didn't feel like I needed to resign, or that I should have to resign....
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