Everything To Know About The PGA Tour Lawsuit

Jacob Gosz, Reporter

A new golf tournament has gained popularity called LIV Golf. The tournament signed players from the PGA Tour who were in turn unable to participate in PGA events. These players filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour and in late August LIV Golf joined in on the lawsuit.

The PGA Tour is the most widely recognized golf tournament in the world. Recognized as the most influential tournament in golf, every golf pro aims to win a tour at some point in their career. PGA tour pros such as Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeu, Andy Ogletree, Dustin Johnson, and others defected from the PGA Tour and signed million dollar contracts with LIV Golf. PGA Tour fans started to call some of these pros out on social media criticizing their move as the PGA Tour has been around for over 90 years and has gained golf fan’s loyal support. 

A LIV tournament was held on July 29 where celebrities and pro players competed for a first place prize of four million dollars. Celebrities Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, Nelk Boys, and Charles Barkley all competed with pros at Trump National Golf Course in New Jersey. The PGA Tour suspended seventeen of its golfers that played in the LIV Tournaments over the summer which sparked outrage from LIV golfers.

 The PGA Tour continued to ban LIV golfers from playing in tournaments and in late August revealed major changes to their tournaments including a new sponsored tournament headed by Tiger Woods and Phil Mcllory, salary changes, and better fan interaction. After these changes, many PGA Tour golfers transitioned to LIV golf. 

Several golfers from LIV Golf including Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Talor Gooch, Matt Jones, Peter Uihelin, Hudson Swafford, and Ian Poulter filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour and claimed that the PGA Tour should reward the players for the backlash they faced with regarding their contracts. 

In late August, LIV Golf joined in on the lawsuit and claimed that the PGA Tour interfered with their buisiness which they regarded as punitive damages.

 LIV Golf is an organization funded by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, which is run by former golf pro Greg Norman. Greg Norman is an Australian Entrepreneur who owns multiple businesses around the world  called The Greg Norman Company. LIV Golf’s goal is to quote, “Supercharge the game of golf and help transform it into the sport it’s destined to be.” 

Currently the case is still ongoing, and no new details have been released from the PGA Tour regarding which tournaments LIV golfers can participate in next year. The PGA Tour lawsuit has caused a lot of challenges, and is bound to change the game of golf, good or bad, in the future.