The three golfers Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford, engaged in the dissident Saudi circuit LIV Golf, will go to court on Tuesday to try to play the final stages of the PGA Tour next week.
Three players involved in the dissident series LIV Golf, financed by Saudi funds, will try Tuesday in a US court to obtain the right to participate in the final stages of the PGA Tour while they have been suspended by its promoters.
The hearing will take place in court in San Jose, California, for Americans Talor Gooch and Hudson Swafford, as well as Australian Matt Jones. They must obtain a referral to prevent the final stages of the PGA Tour, also richly provided, from starting without them.
Gooch, Jones and Swafford are among a group of 11 players now committed to the LIV Golf series, delivered in June, who opened anti-trust proceedings against the PGA Tour on Wednesday, claiming it acts as a monopoly . They are all suspended indefinitely after playing in one of LIV Golf’s three tournaments since June.
Jones, Swafford and Gooch had already qualified for the final stages of the PGA Tour, dubbed the FedEx Cup, before joining LIV Golf. They therefore want to be at the start of the first tournament next Thursday in Memphis.
This legal fight could last several years in court but time is running out, because the St. Jude Championship, with a purse of 15 million dollars (14.7 M EUR), will only be contested by the 125 best players of the season. regularly on the PGA Tour.
Only the top 70 in St Jude will qualify for the following week’s tournament, the BMW Championship in Wilmington, with another $15 million in prize money, where the top 30 will earn their ticket to the season-closing Tour Championship, at Atlanta.
Last year in Atlanta, the winner of the Tour Championship, the American Patrick Cantlay, had won 15 million dollars all by himself, and the second, the Spaniard Jon Rahm, 5 million dollars, before going on vacation .