Report: LIV Golf deliver blow to PGA Tour with another legal victory

LIV Golf have landed another small legal victory against the PGA Tour in the antitrust lawsuit, according to a report by Sports Illustrated.

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Fri, 28 Oct 2022
Report: LIV Golf deliver blow to PGA Tour with another legal victory

LIV Golf have landed a legal victory against the PGA Tour, with a judge ordering the release of more information about who its representatives have spoken to about the breakaway series. 

Per a report by Alex Miceli of SI, judge Susan van Keulen has allowed LIV Golf to serve "additional interrogatories". 


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In law, an interrogatory is a written question which is formally put to one party in a case by another party which must be answered.

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The judge previously made a favourable ruling for LIV Golf on what information could be disclosed regarding their first interrogatory as part of the antitrust lawsuit. 

The lawyers representing the Saudi-financed tour asked the PGA Tour to identify "everyone who has communicated on behalf of the PGA Tour with any other person [including Tour members] or entity regarding any new tour." 

The PGA Tour refused, saying the question was too broad in scope. But they were ruled against. 

They subsequently released a list outlining 179 different golf entities they have discussed LIV with. That includes other governing bodies, tours, broadcasters, sponsors and players' agents. 

There was also 71 players named. 

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That list, curiously, also involved the likes of golf's mystery man Anthony Kim who has not played in a PGA Tour event in more than a decade through injury. 

Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were other notables who were named.

Judge van Keulen has now allowed LIV Golf to serve additional questions. 

The PGA Tour reportedly have until 15 November to comply with the additional interrogatories that have been requested. 

This news comes after Bryson DeChambeau revealed why he is remaining involved in legal proceedings against the PGA Tour in the antitrust lawsuit. 

DeChambeau was one of 11 players who initially were named in the lawsuit in August. 

The PGA Tour have countersued. They are also suing LIV Golf's backers, the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and LIV chief Yasir Al-Rumayyan. 

LIV Golf are now plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit, which prompted Phil Mickelson to drop out. 

The other players involved; Talor Gooch, Jason Kokrak, Pat Perez, Ian Poulter, Abraham Ancer, Hudson Swafford and Carlos Ortiz previously withdrew themselves from legal proceedings, citing various reasons

DeChambeau has claimed the PGA Tour are withholding half of the $3.5m he earned through the PGA Tour's Player Impact Program. 

The 29-year-old American, speaking at LIV Golf Miami, described the PGA Tour as "petty and childish". 

A tentative date for summary judgment of the antitrust lawsuit has been scheduled for July next year. 

It is anticipated this is when the PGA Tour will seek to have the entire case dismissed. 

The trial date has been pencilled in for January 2024

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