LIV Golf want to depose Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy over player meeting

The LIV Golf lawyer representing Patrick Reed wants to depose Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jay Monahan to reveal details of the "player meeting".

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Thu, 25 Aug 2022
LIV Golf want to depose Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy over player meeting

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan have reportedly been served subpoena notices to reveal details of the "players only" meeting before the BMW Championship. 

The meeting took place on Tuesday before the second leg of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup Playoffs at Wilmington Country Club. 

Following that meeting, unprecedented changes were announced by the PGA Tour with the announcement of:

  • Elevated events with prize purses of at least $20m
  • A $50m increase to the Player Impact Program for the game's top-20 players
  • A guarantee of a $500,000 yearly return for PGA Tour members who compete in at least 15 events
  • Woods and McIlroy have launched a "high-tech golf league" aimed at younger fans which will broadcast on Monday nights

 

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Larry Klayman, the lawyer who is representing Patrick Reed in his $750m lawsuit against Brandel Chamblee and Golf Channel, served the notice to Woods and McIlroy. 

In a press release, Klayman states: "This is not a personal 'thing' against Woods, McIlroy and Monahan.

"It's about getting information about what occurred at the players' meeting and generally with regard to allegations in our complaint that the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour and their commissioners Jay Monahan and Keith Pelley, are allegedly colluding in restraint of trade and the antitrust laws to harm the LIV Golf Tour and its players.

"Just today, the PGA Tour announced changes in its tournaments by again upping winning purses with guaranteed attendance payments for top players, attempting to emulate LIV golf, while continuing to allegedly harm LIV and its players by, among other alleged anticompetitive acts, working to deny them world ranking points points to compete in major tournaments such as the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA championships. 

"One can perhaps now call the new PGA Tour 'LIV Light'. 

"We look forward to Woods, McIlroy and Monahan telling the truth, with sworn testimony, under oath. 

"Their testimony is not just relevant but also crucial."

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