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Golf: The fate of three dissident golfers will be settled in court

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GolfThe fate of three dissident golfers will be settled in court

Three players who joined the sulphurous Saudi league are embarking on a lawsuit against the PGA Tour. He suspended the three separatists, barring them from the finals.

Talor Gooch and his colleagues filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour.AFP

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 want to obtain a referral to prevent the final stages of the PGA Tour, also richly endowed, from starting without them.

Gooch, Jones and Swafford are part of a group of 11 players now involved in the LIV Golf series, launched in June, who opened anti-trust proceedings against the PGA Tour on Wednesday, claiming that it acts as a monopoly. They are all suspended indefinitely after playing in one of LIV Golf’s three tournaments since June.

This legal battle could last several years in court, but time is running out because the St. Jude Championship, with a purse of fifteen million dollars, will only be contested by the 125 best regular season players 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 fifteen million dollars in prize money, where the top 30 will earn their ticket to the season-closing Tour Championship, at Atlanta.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Tiger Woods had refused between 700 and 800 million to join the LIV.

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