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The American circuit wins in court three golfers expelled for joining the Saud LIV league

Cameron Smith, Australian golferAFP

In just over 24 hours, the PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoffs kick off with a certain air of euphoria. A federal judge from the state of California, Beth Labson Freeman, fail against of three of the LIV golfers, Matt Jones, Talor Gooch and Hudson Swafford, who were claiming their rights to play in the playoffs after qualifying during the season. Months ago, the PGA Tour expelled them for their signing for the Saudi competition.

The judge denied in her sentence that there was “irreparable economic damage” for the three golfers, since the three had signed a succulent contract with LIV. The defeat comes as a surprise after a court granted the opportunity to compete to other DP World Tour players under identical conditions.

Furthermore, the decision of California courthouse is a blow to him circuit directed by Greg Norman, although it will only be the first chapter of many that lie ahead: another lawsuit by 10 players against the PGA Tour accusing them of monopoly is already underway. However, this case will not be opened for more than a year. During the trial, the minutes in Memphis were eternal and Jay Monahan, commissioner of the PGA Tour, could be seen for much of the afternoon, alone in a corner of the practice field pending the telephone. The trial was broadcast in real time on social networks.

Cameron Smith, imminent march to LIV

Between the top 125 players this year on the PGA Tour that will contest the first of the playoffs, the Fedex St. Jude Championship, which begins on Thursday, two proper names stand out above the rest. The first, the Australian Cameron Smith, who returns to competition after winning The Open Championship at St. Andrews. Yesterday the Telegraph newspaper confirmed that his signing for LIV (as announced in EL MUNDO the same day as his victory at The Open) will take place after the playoffs.

Smith, according to the British newspaper, would have signed a contract of about 100 million dollars and will be incorporated into the test that the LIV will play in early September in Boston. The news coincided with the press conference offered by the Australian player, current number two in the world, who avoided commenting on the news on four occasions, although he did not deny the fact at any time. The announcement could come in a couple of weeks. Other names like Cameron Young, Hideki Matsuyama or the Chilean Joaco Nieman could be very close to following in his footsteps, although perhaps yesterday’s sentence may offer some reluctance to make the final decision.

Rahm, father for the second time.

John Rahm will also be in Memphis this week after becoming a father for the second time. Little Eneko was born hours before the Spaniard left for this important appointment. Both the child and the mother Kelley are in perfect condition. Rahm will be the only Spanish representative in these FedEx Cup playoffs, after the resignation of Sergio Garcia to the PGA Tour and focus his career on LIV golf.

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