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Bryson suspended for ‘talking to other Tour members about positive LIV experience,’ lawsuit alleges

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Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal first reported on a suit that was filed on behalf of eleven players who are currently suspended by the PGA Tour for joining LIV Golf.

There were plenty of interesting bits of information in the 105-page complaint. Foremost among them is the alleged details that were revealed behind Phil Mickelson’s suspension.

According to the document, “Lefty” has been suspended by the PGA Tour since March 22.

“On March 22, 2022, the Commissioner suspended Plaintiff Mickelson (with the opportunity to apply for reinstatement in May of 2022) for, among other alleged reasons, ‘attempting to recruit players to join [LIV Golf]’.”

It was widely speculated during that time that Mickelson may have been suspended, but the information was never shared by the PGA TOUR or reported.

The court documents also reveal that Mickelson applied for reinstatement on June 20th, which was shortly after he teed it up at Centurion Club for the first LIV Golf Series event.

As expected, the documents claim that the TOUR shut that down as well.

“The Tour denied his request, stating that Plaintiff Mickelson violated Tour regulations by participating in the LIV Golf London Invitational.”

The documents also allege that Mickelson wasn’t the only former major champion who was suspended by the PGA Tour.

The suit filed also revealed that Bryson DeChambeau is suspended through March of 2023.

The document states that the 28-year-old is suspended allegedly “for talking to other Tour members about the positive experience he had had with LIV Golf.”

The “LIV 11” lawsuit is just the first shoe to drop in what likely will be a tumultuous fall season to come in golf.

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  1. Pingback: Sergio Garcia and Greg Norman’s WhatsApp messages reveal talk over ‘shallow threat’ from PGA Tour – GolfWRX

  2. C’mon Man!

    Aug 5, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    It’s amazing to me how so many people don’t let facts get in the way of what comes out of their mouths. Don’t believe everything you think! Oh wait, those must be alternative facts.

    The PGAT is the players. It’s a player run organization. The players make the rules. Moynihan is the CEO and manages the Tour. Both Moynihan and the PGAT Board of Directors answer to the players. That’s how Arnie and Jack set it up. To suggest that Moynihan mandates these actions on his own is a joke. He answers to his employers, the free agents who make up the membership of the PGAT, through their Player Advisory Council.

    There will be no merger. No way LIV gets OWRP. At this point, the PGAT Champions don’t get OWRP and their format is a lot more deserving of OWRP than LIV. MBS will eventually realize there’s no return on their $1B+ investment and move on to something else.

    Players are free agents and can go play wherever they wish. There are several world-wide tours available to them. But to think you can go and play 8 LIV events and then cherry pick the PGAT events you want to play is not just naive, it’s ridiculous. How can you say you joined LIV to play less golf only to now say you want to play more golf on the PGAT? C’mon man!

  3. John

    Aug 5, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    Slightly off-topic but I’m betting Jason Day will be one of the next to defect. As is clear from his latest tournament withdrawal, poor health is an ongoing problem meaning his career could end at any time. He has a young family to support and the LIV money would help him secure their future. As much as I hate LIV and what it’s done to our game, I wouldn’t begrudge Day one last big payday.

    • JimK

      Aug 5, 2022 at 11:02 pm

      I’m pretty sure the future of Jason Day and his family is already pretty secure.

  4. Pingback: Augusta National chairman personally instructed players not to play LIV events, lawsuit claims – GolfWRX

  5. Pingback: Adam Hadwin made the wrong comment over his wife’s outfit…and he’s now paying the price – GolfWRX

  6. Edward

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    Litigation is like wrestling with pigs in the mud. The pigs love it and you get covered with mud. Settle and work something out the will ‘grow the game” as we keep hearing. Money is dirty period. Get over this and move on to a world tour.

  7. Yikes

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    This is going to be a nice W for those 11 once they determine the level of collusion and the discrimination they have faced for choosing to play on another tour. The PGA Tour doesn’t give a rip about players playing in other non-affiliated tours, but LIV they do. Because LIV is a threat to their monopoly.

  8. PJ

    Aug 4, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    The PGA opened a can of worms and it will cost them plenty.

  9. Chuck

    Aug 4, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    I might normally suggest that civil court discovery could be embarrassing for high profile product spokespersons and their corporate partners.

    But really; LIV is beyond embarrassment anymore.

    Looking forward to the deposition of Plaintiff Philip Mickelson.

  10. Tom K.

    Aug 4, 2022 at 9:50 am

    Jay Monahan is the Klaus Schwab of the PGAT, “you will not play on the PGA Tour and be happy”.

    Phil Mickelson, other Golf Pros sue the PGA Tour for breaking anti-trust laws. Open the books and do a forensic audit of the PGAT which is a 501c.

    • Historical Hal

      Aug 4, 2022 at 11:50 am

      And most of the charity or donations was piggy backed on the title sponsor. So if att gave $20m the PGA will gladly take the credit even though att had to dump some profits somewhere. How much does Jay Monahan make? Nonprofits have to disclose this. Why didn’t the players ever unionize ? Probably half the tour didn’t go to college. Then they could get 50:50 revenue sharing. Remember the 1999 Ryder cup? Davis love wanted the money then. Very comical hypocrisy!

      • DJ

        Aug 5, 2022 at 12:10 pm

        Jay makes $6 million , players didn’t unionize because they voted to stay ICE. Most players on tour have college degree and players are getting better then 50% net.

        RBC open ,$8 million to the players ,net income $13 million -but it cost $16 million to host this event. Still want 50/50?

        Bryson took the $125 million (I am fine with that)but if he wants back in the PGA he has to pay millions to get back in – Life is not rent free.

        • john john

          Aug 7, 2022 at 12:05 pm

          Most of the PGA Tour players don’t have a college degree. I’m a personal trainer and have a couple guys on the PGA Tour and one on the Korn Ferry Tour I train so I know what I’m talking about. Most of these guys either come straight out of high school or go to college for 2 years then jump ship to either the Korn Ferry or PGA Tour. Don’t be putting up misinformation.

          • geohogan

            Aug 8, 2022 at 8:10 pm

            @john john
            Ineducated /dropouts; but for talent to play golf, these guys would be selling cars or insurance.

  11. Pingback: ‘Stay away in your fantasy land’ – Pro blasts LIV rebels over wanting to play PGA Tour events – GolfWRX

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Gary Player accuses son of unauthorized sale of his memorabilia

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This morning, Gary Player issued a statement via his Twitter account. According to the statement, Gary’s son, Marc has been auctioning off trophies and memorabilia without his father’s permission.

This isn’t the first dispute between Player and his son, Marc. Back in 2020, the nine-time major champion won a settlement in court against Marc. Player got $5 million and the rights to his name and likeness back from a company operated by Marc in a Florida lawsuit.

The Player family are no strangers to controversy, with Gary’s other son, Wayne, banned from the Masters for life after pulling a guerrilla marketing stunt during the opening ceremony tee shots back in 2021.

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Collin Morikawa left ‘freaking out’ after clubs land on airport tarmac

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It seems as if there’s been an uptick of cases with professional golfers losing their luggage on airlines this summer.

Last month at the Genesis Scottish Open, Viktor Hovland’s clubs were lost by the airline. He didn’t have his clubs or clothes in preparation for the event until Ping made a custom set for him on site at The Renaissance Club.

Last week, Irishman Shane Lowry’s clubs were lost on his way to the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.

This week, there are once again issues with a golfer’s clubs. On his way to begin the 2022 FedEx Cup Playoffs, Collin Morikawa tweeted a picture of his TaylorMade clubs in an ominous position.

Luckily for the two-time major champion, the potential nightmare was solved, and someone got his clubs back to where they needed to be.

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Caddie forced to wade through nettles after bizarre blunder at Women’s Open

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In just her second professional start, 22-year-old Louise Duncan finished inside the top-20 of the AIG Women’s Open, but the Duncan team experienced far more than just her first proper paycheck.

In 2021, the Scot won the Women’s Amateur Championship by a record margin (9&8) before nabbing a top-10 at the Women’s Open at Carnoustie, the low amateur winning the traditional Smyth Salver.

It’s a big leap to the paid ranks, but the £73,000 prize is early justification for the move, an amount that might well have just upgraded her future wedding to fiance Jordan Hughes.

After her second round 73, Duncan admitted it was, “a bit of a grind” but having been assured of making the cut, said that, “If it’s a nice cheque we’ll probably just go abroad and get it over with. That sounds bad – sorry Jordan. What I mean is we’ll be able to go abroad and have a good one.”

The round wasn’t without its humor either, with caddie Dean Robertson playing his part.

As reported in The Telegraph, former European Tour winner Robertson has been a large part of Duncan’s success, his experience as player and coach providing mentor-ship to the darling of the Scottish crowd.

However, during the second round when Sophia Schubert handed him a ball, he thought the American had just found it and wanted him to get rid. So he threw it over his left shoulder.

Schubert was actually wanting her ball cleaned and, because of Robertson’s actions, was now facing a stroke-and-distance penalty. So, despite wearing shorts, he did his valiant duty, scaled the wall and went searching in the scrub and nettles for the ball. To Schubert’s relief, it was a successful forage.

Duncan was pleased to see the closest member of her team having the tables turned on himself.

“I was like, ‘oh, no, Dean, tell me you haven’t just done that?’,” Duncan said “But it was an honest mistake and quite funny. He is always telling me to stop being an idiot and to calm down, so maybe he deserved that one.”

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