Federal judge rejects LIV golfers’ bid for PGA Tour postseason


A federal judge in California has ruled against three LIV golfers, denying them the opportunity to play in the PGA Tour postseason.

Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford all tried to relieve themselves to take part in the first tournament of the FedEx Cup Play-offs, which begins this week with the St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind.

Judge Beth Labson Freeman made her decision Tuesday afternoon in San Jose after attorneys for each side spoke for about an hour.

The golfers sought a restraining order, which Ms. Freeman refused.

The LIV golfers claimed they should be able to play where they wanted, and each said in letters to the PGA last month, “I’m a free agent and an independent contractor.”

“The court appears that the LIV contracts, negotiated by the players and entered into between the parties, were based on the players’ calculation of what they would be leaving behind and the amount that the players would need to monetize to recoup those losses . ‘ Ms Freeman said in her decision. “I agree with the accused [the PGA Tour] that those losses were well known to players at the time and clearly monetized.”

Ms. Freeman noted that LIV Golf offers suspended players an opportunity to perform at elite golf in the United States while emphasizing the financial rewards.

“And indeed, the evidence shows that it seems almost beyond doubt that they will earn more than they have earned and could reasonably have earned in a reasonable period of time within the PGA [Tour].”

“They made a business decision to obtain money,” PGA Tour attorney Elliot Peters argued during the hearing. “You’ve made more money in the last two months than you’ve ever made on the PGA Tour. They have already been paid to compensate for what they are complaining about here.”

They are among 10 players who filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour last week – including Phil Mickelson.

The first of three FedEx Cup Playoff events gets underway on Thursday as players compete for the $18million (£14.7million) top prize.

AP contributed to this report Federal judge rejects LIV golfers’ bid for PGA Tour postseason

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