A federal judge appeared to side with the PGA Tour after LIV Golf's lawyers tried to argue the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and the governor of the wealth fund had no involvement in the day-to-day running of the breakaway tour.
In response to LIV Golf's antitrust claims, the PGA Tour countersued the Saudi-backed golf league last September.
That suit expanded when the PGA Tour's lawyers subpoenaed the PIF of Saudi Arabia and Yasir Al-Rumayyan, who is the governor of the fund financing the LIV Golf League.
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Previously, PIF and Al-Rumayyan tried to argue the U.S. District Court didn't have jurisdiction over a foreign wealth fund.
In response - the PGA Tour's lawyers filed a motion on 9 January stating:
Attorneys for the PGA Tour claim that Al-Rumayyan and PIF misstated "central role in running LIV and making decisions related to this lawsuit".
They accused their rival of strategically withholding documents that proves who controls the startup league.
Reports previously surfaced that LIV's audacious plans were initially called "Project Wedge".
Judge Beth Labson Freeman - who previously ruled against LIV players who tried to force their way into the FedEx Cup Playoffs - reportedly stated:
Legal cases hang heavy over the game in 2023.
Next month, a five-day hearing in London will determine whether or not the DP World Tour has the legal power to ban LIV players.
A previously agreed upon schedule in the PGA Tour's countersuit confirmed that it would take approximately six months for the production of "discovery documents, data and non-expert discovery".
During this period it is likely that key PGA Tour and LIV Golf figures are deposed.