PGA Tour files application against lawsuit aimed at allowing LIV golfers to participate in FedEx Cup 2022 qualifiers

The PGA Tour’s post-season event ostensibly begins Thursday in Memphis, Tennessee, but the FedEx Cup qualifiers will actually begin Tuesday in a California courtroom when a judge provisionally judges the ongoing battle between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.

Ahead of the proceedings, the PGA Tour made the following proposal in response to a recent lawsuit filed by LIV golfers looking to enter the FedEx Cup playoffs.

“Despite knowing full well that they would be in contravention of the tour’s regulations and being suspended for doing so, the plaintiffs joined the rival golf league LIV Golf, which paid them tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money provided by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund to buy them,” the movement said.[Temporary restraining order] The plaintiffs are now going to court for a mandatory injunction to force them into the season-ending FedEx Cup qualifiers on the Tour, an action that would harm all Tour members who follow the rules. Antitrust laws don’t allow plaintiffs to eat their cake and eat it too.”

While the details of the lawsuit consist of 106 pages Submitted by 11 Leaf golfers Last week against the PGA Tour is so complicated, this week’s conflict premise is simple: Three Leaf golfers – Matt Jones, Tallor Gooch and Hudson Swafford – have qualified and want to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs for the next three weeks, and the PGA Tour is trying to turn them away because they violated their PGA Tour contracts .

The end result could be a Memphis event with 128 golfers instead of the usual 125 depending on Tuesday’s decision. In a lawsuit filed last week by 11 LIV golfers, FedEx Cup playoffs were a primary concern.

Prosecutors Gooch, Swafford and Jones (among other plaintiffs) earned the right to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs (a series of lucrative and famous events scheduled at the end of the 2022 season for the PGA Tour) through strong performance and dedication on the Tour, but the Tour prevented them from playing in the Those tournaments, reducing the power of his fields and damaging these claimants.

These players’ injury extends far beyond their confinement from these tournaments (which is itself a major irreparable injury), but it also reduces their chances of qualifying for both the main and first-round invitations in future seasons. The penalty that such players would receive from not being able to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs is substantial and irreparable, and a temporary restraining order is needed to prevent the irreparable damage that may result if they are unable to participate.

Whether they are actually allowed to play this week at FedEx St. The Jude Championships at TPC Southwind — where the purse for the first match event totals $15 million — through a temporary restraining order on the PGA Tour banning LIV golfers from post-season events, will be decided Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the North District. California County.

The timing here is intriguing and important. The Eleven came against the Tour last week knowing that a decision needed to be made almost immediately for the FedEx Cup qualifiers and this likely benefit them as the temporary restraining order may prove to be a more effective move in the short term. In fact, that’s what allowed Ian Poulter, Adrian Otaegui and Justin Harding to play in last month’s Scottish Open despite their original suspension from that tournament. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan called for the timing in a letter to PGA Tour players immediately after the lawsuit was dropped, and the idea was repeated in Monday’s response.

TRO plaintiffs have waited nearly two months to seek relief in court, and have created an “emergency” that they see now requires immediate action. no. Their disqualification for the tour’s events was foreseeable when they accepted millions from LIV for breaching their agreements with the tour, knowing for a fact that they were suspended on June 9. Compensation for monetary damages.

In fact, many other LIV players, including four other plaintiffs in this case, realize that there is no contingent or irreparable damage; They also qualified to play in the FedEx Cup but did not ask the court for the extraordinary relief required by this move. The court should use its fair powers to address genuine emergencies, not those designed by parties who have knowingly accepted multimillion-dollar payments to put themselves in the situation in which you are.

It has become clear that while PGA Tour players are mostly ambivalent about their teammates leaving to join the LIV Golf League, they are deeply upset that those same players who got contracts from the Saudi Public Investment Fund are now trying to double down while most of them do. They remained steadfast in their commitment to the original tour.

While there will be an immediate ruling this week on whether golfers will be allowed to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs, that ruling is not necessarily a harbinger of how the whole case will play out. Again, to put it in the simplest terms possible, LIV players are widely suing the PGA Tour for the opportunity to play in both the LIV Golf League and the PGA Tour, similar to how golfers participate in both the DP World Tour and PGA Tours. However, the PGA Tour argues and will continue to argue that LIV golfers have violated the PGA Tour regulations set for them.

“Liv is not a rational economic actor, he is just vying to start a golf tour. He is willing to lose billions of dollars profiting the plaintiffs and the sport of golf to ‘sport wash’ of the Saudi government’s deplorable reputation for human rights abuses. If the plaintiffs were allowed to breach their tour contracts without consequences, The mutually beneficial structure for the entire tour, an arrangement that has grown the sport and promoted the interests of golfers returning to Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, will fall apart.”

How all this will be implemented will be interesting, but may not ultimately matter. Even if the court rules in favor of LIV golfers being able to play both rounds over the long term, the LIV Golf League has yet to earn OWGR points, which allow golfers to play in the world’s largest tournaments, including the major tournaments.

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