US Tour wins court case for three golfers expelled for joining Saud LIV league
- Golf Sergio García: ‘I am convinced that the conflict in golf can be resolved’
- Golf Donald Trump defends the LIV Golf Tour, the tournament supported by the Saudi government
In just over 24 hours, the PGA Tour FedEx Cup Qualifiers kick off with an air of euphoria. California State Federal Judge Beth Labson Freeman fail against of three of LIV’s golfers, Matt Jones, Talor Gooch and Hudson Swafford, who claimed their rights to play in the playoffs after qualifying during the season. Months ago, the PGA Tour kicked them out for signing for the Saudi competition.
The judge denied in her sentence that there was “irreparable economic harm” for the three golfers, since the three had signed a succulent contract with LIV. The loss comes as a surprise after a court granted the opportunity to compete against other DP World Tour players under identical conditions.
Moreover, the decision of California Courthouse is a blow for him circuit made by Greg Norman, although this will only be the first chapter of a long series to come: another lawsuit filed by 10 players against the PGA Tour accusing them of monopoly is already underway. However, this file will not be opened for more than a year. During the trial, the minutes in Memphis were endless and PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan could be seen for much of the afternoon alone in a corner of the practice field waiting for the phone. The trial was broadcast live on social media.
Cameron Smith, imminent march to LIV
Between the 125 top players this year on the PGA Tour which will play the first of the playoffs, the Fedex St. Jude Championship, which begins 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 on the day of his Open victory) will take effect after the playoffs.
Smith, according to the British newspaper, would have signed a contract of approximately $100 million and will be integrated into the event that the LIV will play at the beginning of September in Boston. The news coincided with the press conference offered by the Australian player, current world number two, who avoided commenting on the news four times, although he never denied the fact. The announcement could come in a few 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 sentencing may offer some reluctance to make the final decision.
Rahm, father for the second time.
Jon Rahm will also be in Memphis this week after becoming a father for the second time. Little Eneko was born a few hours before the Spaniard left for this important meeting. The child and mother Kelley are in perfect condition. Rahm will be the sole Spanish representative in these FedEx Cup qualifiers, following the resignation of Sergio Garcia on the PGA Tour and focus his career on golf LIV.
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