LIV Tour Golfers Will Long Wait For Crucial Trial

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf players who have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour will have to wait nearly 16 months for the case to go to trial.

U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman on Thursday set the trial for January 8, 2024.

Phil Mickelson plays at Bedminster during the LIV Golf event.
Phil Mickelson plays at Bedminster during the LIV Golf event.
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Bryson DeChambeau plays in Bedminster during the LIV Golf event.
Bryson DeChambeau plays in Bedminster during the LIV Golf event.
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Depending on whether LIV lawyers get a preliminary injunction – the judge said she had room in her schedule in late September or early October – this means PGA Tour players suspended for signing with the rival league could continue for another year. without allowed at PGA Tour events.

Freeman last week denied a temporary restraining order filed by Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones who wanted to compete in the PGA Tour postseason.

LIV lawyers had wanted a trial date for August 7, 2023, arguing that the case should be expedited. PGA Tour attorneys said it was not reasonable to prepare adequately, noting that it coincided with the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs and would make it difficult for PGA Tour commissioner and other executives whose testimony is likely to be required. would be.

Freeman set a date for July 23, 2023 for a preliminary injunction, after which the tour will likely ask for the case to be dropped.

The lawsuit was filed by 11 players two weeks ago, although Carlos Ortiz has asked for his name to be removed from the lawsuit and LIV attorneys have indicated it needs discovery material from nine players, indicating another may have stepped out of the lawsuit. .

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