Report: LIV Golf's Bryson DeChambeau gives up in PGA Tour battle

Bryson DeChambeau's agent has not expanded on the decision. 

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Sat, 13 May 2023
Report: LIV Golf's Bryson DeChambeau gives up in PGA Tour battle

Cast your mind back to August 2022 and all hell was breaking loose in men's professional golf as Bryson DeChambeau and 10 other players who joined LIV Golf sued the PGA Tour. 

Now, there are zero players involved in the litigation and it's a straight up battle between the two tours. 

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DeChambeau's agent has confirmed to Golfweek that the American golfer has now withdrawn his name from the filing. 

So too, has the Australian player Matt Jones. 

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The original lawsuit was filed by Phil Mickelson. Lefty dropped out after LIV Golf joined the action as a plaintiff. 

A number of players withdrew, citing various different reasons. Pat Perez stated he 'didn't fully' think through the decision

As for DeChambeau, he revealed the only reason he remained involved in the action for so long was because he alleged the PGA Tour withheld his share of bonus money from the inaugural player impact program [PIP]. 

The PIP was designed by the tour in what was seen as an attempt to satisfy the games biggest stars. 

Last October, DeChambeau told ESPN his decision was about 'principle', adding:

"I will say, personally, that there have been multiple opportunities for me to not be a part of it [the antitrust lawsuit]. 
"But, considering the PGA Tour's actions and the way they've handled certain situations ... given the fact that one of the reasons why I'm in the lawsuit is because they haven't payed me my second half of the PIP money. 
"So, the money isn't the significant part. It's the principle. And it's really been frustrating to tell over the last six years that I've had to deal with them. 
"Again, it's consistently frustration after frustration of them just not handling things correctly from my perspective."

Speaking before LIV Golf's event in Tulsa, DeChambeau's agent told Golfweek's Adam Schupak:

"Bryson has made the decision to remove himself from the ongoing litigation between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour.
"Bryson wants to solely focus on competing at the highest level week in and week out. He will continue to support the growth of golf and its expansion on a global scale, contributing both on and off the course as a positive influence on the game."

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Last week, Peter Uihlein also made the decision to remove himself from the litigation

A trial date was scheduled for next January, but the judge overseeing the case agreed to push that date back a few months. 

That followed heated squabbles in court between the attorneys on both sides. 

Primarily, those arguments related to discovery and the role of LIV Golf's primary backers, the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia. 

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