Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter are among 11 LIV Golf players who have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour to challenge their suspension.
The group consists of three players – Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones – who are seeking a temporary restraining order to allow them to compete in the FedEx Cup play-offs, which will take place next week.
Complaints and applications for interim restraining orders are filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.
Bryson DeChambeau, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Pat Perez, Jason Kokrak and Peter Uihlein are other players who have entered their names in the lawsuit, arguing that the PGA Tour was trying to hurt their careers.
“The Tour’s actions served no purpose other than to harm players and seal the entry of the first competitive threat the Tour has faced in decades,” the lawsuit said.
“The purpose of this action is to remove the PGA Tour anticompetitive rules and practices that prevent these independent contractor golfers from playing when and where they choose.”
The PA news agency has contacted the PGA Tour for comment.
Poulter is one of three members of the DP World Tour who managed to get a temporary suspension from the July Scottish Open, pending a decision on their substantive appeal.
Players have also been fined £100,000 for competing in the first Golf LIV event in June after being denied a required release.
Speaking on Tuesday, former Ryder Cup captain Davis Love said PGA Tour players could take the “nuclear option” to boycott the event if the LIV rebels successfully opposed their suspension.
“If the LIV guys were demanding and allowed to play on the PGA Tour, the players would have had enough of that,” Love told a news conference ahead of the Wyndham Championship.
“We understand that we make the rules on the PGA Tour and the commissioners enforce our rules and we don’t want those people playing, coming and voting for our tournaments.
“We hold all the cards. We told the FTC [Federal Trade Commission] and to Washington, ‘No, we support the rules. We don’t want those people to play. We don’t care what the court says’.
“The nuclear option is to say ‘Fine, if they have to play on our show we won’t play’.”
The suspension from the PGA Tour means the likes of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed will not be able to represent the United States at September’s President’s Cup, when Love will captain the team.
“I told the players I’ve spoken to him who has left or is thinking of leaving, it’s your decision and you do what’s right for you but understand. [the] the consequences,” added Love.
“I try to sound like my dad and I might not be good at it. I’m not arguing. I said you could be Tiger Woods or you could be banned from the game, take your pick.
“But understanding the consequences, you signed up for this rule. I had to commit last Friday or I couldn’t play this week. I have to play 15 tournaments or I can’t choose and I don’t get my pension. You have rules that you must obey.
“I said you are fixing for breaking the rules which is a big rule and you will get punished for it.
“Dan Jay” [Monahan, PGA Tour commissioner] been saying it for a year and some of them understood it, some of them said it wouldn’t happen, and some of them just lied, [saying] ‘I didn’t do this, I didn’t do that’.”
Love admitted he was “grossly wrong” to say six months ago that LIV wasn’t going to happen and that Phil Mickelson would be the only player to jump in, but added: “I don’t know what’s going to happen from now on, but I do. it’s going to be a fight and the players are getting more and more united to fight it.”
Phil Mickelson among 11 golfers suing the PGA Tour for suspension of LIV Golf | Golf
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