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Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and 9 different LIV Golf Invitational Collection gamers filed swimsuit Wednesday in opposition to the PGA Tour after they had been suspended for becoming a member of the Saudi Arabia-backed league.
On Friday, Golf Journal’s Dylan Dethier reported about text messages between 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia and LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman.
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Fascinating to see how insistent Norman was (in these texts with Sergio) that the PGA Tour would not and could not droop gamers.
“They can not ban you for sooner or later not to mention life.” pic.twitter.com/foSDSIOg2L
Garcia, who was introduced as one of many many LIV Golf gamers in Could, texted Norman on Feb. 11 with considerations about becoming a member of the breakaway circuit due to potential punishment from the PGA Tour.
The Spaniard mentioned in a message that it appeared “like lots of these guys that had been loving [LIV Golf] and enthusiastic about it final week, now are [s–tting] of their pants.”
Norman requested Garcia who was nervous, and the 42-year-old responded that he believed the PGA Tour had reached out to youthful gamers “and scared them a bit and since they’re younger, I feel it labored.”
Six days later, Garcia texted Norman: “Hello Sharky! It is official, the Tour has instructed our managers this week that whoever indicators with the League, is ban from the Tour for all times! I do not know the way are we gonna get sufficient good gamers to affix the League below this situations. What do you suppose?”
Norman responded that the PGA Tour couldn’t ban gamers “for sooner or later not to mention life.”
“It’s a shallow risk,” Norman wrote. “Ask them to place it in writing to you or any participant. I wager they do not. Glad for anybody to talk with our authorized workforce to higher perceive they don’t have any probability of imposing.”
On June 9, Commissioner Jay Monahan suspended 17 gamers, together with Garcia, from competing within the PGA Tour after they started play within the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Collection occasion on the Centurion Membership in London.
Eleven gamers filed an antitrust lawsuit in opposition to the PGA Tour on Wednesday in U.S. District Court docket for the Northern District of California to problem the bans and different restrictions.
The lawsuit alleges the PGA Tour engaged in “anticompetitive habits” to regulate its maintain on skilled golf and that it “ventured to hurt” the gamers’ careers.
Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones are additionally searching for a short lived restraining order to allow them to compete within the FedEx Cup playoffs, which start subsequent week in Memphis, Tennessee.
The U.S. Division of Justice is investigating whether or not the PGA Tour engaged in anticompetitive habits.