Memphis It will not be the stage where the first open confrontation takes place on the field of play between the PGA Tour and the LIV Golf Series. California federal judge, Beth Labson Freemanruled against the golfers of LIFE Golf Talor Gooch, Matt Jones y Hudson Swafford. The three asked to play the Playoffs and the judge has denied them the injunction and, therefore, they will not be able to participate.
Last week the three golfers jointly requested the precautionary suspension of the sanction imposed against them for the PGA Tour for playing the LIV Golf Invitational de London. This petition was part of a larger antitrust lawsuit brought against the PGA Tour by ten players after carlos ortiz decided to opt out of the claim.
Gooch, Swafford and Jones – who all left for LIV Golf after earning enough points this year to qualify for the Playoffs – argued that they should be allowed to compete in these tournaments because it would cause them irreparable financial damage. The Playoffs begin this Thursday with the FedEx St. Jude Championship in the TPC Southwind from Memphis. He has won the thesis of the PGA Tour lawyers, who defended that the economic damage would be self-induced in any case, since they knew what would happen if they played in LIFE Golf.
Freeman’s ruling is a significant victory for the PGA Tour in the first of what is expected to be a series of legal battles between the two circuits. The substantive one, the one that refers to antitrust, will not be decided for quite some time. Some estimate that it will be at least a year.
The decision can be said to have caught somewhat of a surprise. There was a lot of conviction that the precautionary suspension would be accepted, especially after they received it in Europe Justin Harding, Ian Poulter y Adrián Otaegui for the same reason. They were able to play Genesis Scottish Open.
On the other hand, this decision also avoids what was supposed to be a very tense week due to having LIV Golf and PGA Tour players sharing the tournament.