Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Jones lead PGA Tour antitrust lawsuit

Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Jones lead PGA Tour antitrust lawsuit

The lawsuit also shed light on the status of favorite fan Mickelson, who had taken a self-imposed hiatus in February when excerpts from an unauthorized biography on him revealed that he called the Saudis “scary” but that he would look past their human records to gain leverage with the PGA Tour.

According to the lawsuit, Mickelson was suspended by the PGA Tour in March for, among other alleged reasons, trying to recruit players to LIV Golf and that his appeal was denied.

Mickelson applied for reinstatement in June, the lawsuit says, but that request was denied given his participation in the inaugural LIV event earlier that month.

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In addition to denying Mickelson’s request, the lawsuit said the golfer was forbidden from seeking reinstatement until March 2023, which was then extended until March 2024 after he played the second LIV event.

Mickelson’s ban was only announced in June, shortly after he teed off at the first LIV event, when the PGA Tour announced its decision to suspend all members who joined the lucrative series and said anyone else who made the jump would face the same fate.

Reuters

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