Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Ian Poulter are among 11 LIV Golf Invitational Series players filing lawsuits against the PGA Tour

Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Ian Poulter are among 11 LIV Golf Invitational Series players filing lawsuits against the PGA Tour

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USA Presidents Cup captain Davis Love III has hinted at a boycott of big players if LIV golfers are allowed to return to the PGA Tour

USA Presidents Cup captain Davis Love III has hinted at a boycott of big players if LIV golfers are allowed to return to the PGA Tour

Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter are among 11 LIV golfers who have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour to challenge their bans.

The group includes three players – Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones – who are seeking an injunction so they can play in the FedEx Cup play-offs, which begin next week.

The complaint and request for an injunction have been filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

Bryson DeChambeau, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Pat Perez, Jason Kokrak and Peter Uihlein are the other players bringing their names to the lawsuit, arguing that the PGA Tour is attempting to harm their careers.

Phil Mickelson and 10 other golfers have filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour

Phil Mickelson and 10 other golfers have filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour

“The Tour’s conduct serves no purpose other than to harm players and prevent the occurrence of the first significant competitive threat the Tour has faced in decades,” the lawsuit reads.

“The purpose of this promotion is to strike down the PGA Tour’s anti-competitive rules and practices that prevent these independent contract golfers from playing when and where they want.”

Bryson DeChambeau is another player involved in the lawsuit

Bryson DeChambeau is another player involved in the lawsuit

The PA news agency has reached out to the PGA Tour for comment.

Poulter was one of three DP World Tour members who successfully obtained a temporary stay of their suspension from the Scottish Open in July pending a decision on their substantive appeals.

The players had also been fined £100,000 for participating in the first LIV Golf event in June after being turned down for the required clearances.

Former Ryder Cup captain Davis Love said Tuesday PGA Tour players could take the “nuclear option” of boycotting events if LIV rebels successfully challenge their suspensions.

“If the LIV guys are suing and allowed to play on the PGA Tour, the players are fed up with it,” Love said in a press conference ahead of the Wyndham Championship.

“We understand that we make the rules on the PGA Tour and the commissioner enforces our rules and we don’t want these guys playing, coming and picking our tournaments.

“We all have cards. Let’s tell the FTC [Federal Trade Commission] and to Washington: “No, we support the rules. We don’t want these guys to play. We don’t care what the courts say.

“The nuclear option is to say, ‘Well, if they have to play our events, we just don’t play’.”

Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood say they are unsure of their Ryder Cup game status

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Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood say they are unsure of their Ryder Cup game status

Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood say they are unsure of their Ryder Cup game status

Being suspended from the PGA Tour means the likes of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed won’t be able to represent the United States in September’s Presidents Cup when Love will be in charge of the team.

“I’ve told the players I’ve spoken to that they’ve left or are considering leaving, it’s your choice and you’re doing what’s right for you, but understand [the] Consequences,” Love added.

“I was trying to sound like my father and I probably wasn’t very good at it. I didn’t argue. I said you can be Tiger Woods or you can be banned from the game, make your choice.

“But if you understand the consequences, you’ve signed up for those rules. I had to sign by last Friday or I can’t play this week. I have to play 15 tournaments or I can’t vote and I don’t get my pension.

“I said you want to break a rule, which is a big rule, and you will be punished for it.

“And Jay’s[Monahan, PGA Tour commissioner]has been saying it for a year and some of them got that, some of them said it’s not going to happen, and some of them just lied. [saying] ‘I don’t do this, I don’t do that’.”

Love admits he was “totally wrong” when he said six months ago that LIV wasn’t going to happen and that Phil Mickelson would be the only player to leave ship, but added: “I don’t know what will happen from now on. but I know it’s going to be a fight and the players are becoming more and more united against it.”

Horschel: It doesn’t make sense | Zalatoris: Player actions hurt our tour | Cink: The truth is beginning to emerge

Several current players have spoken out about the 11 LIV golfers who have filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour…

Billy Horschel:

“Why? Why do they have to come and play the PGA Tour? They chose to play the LIV Tour, they chose not to follow the rules of the PGA Tour.

“They’ve signed multi-million dollar deals, they’re playing for a lot of money. Each of them has said they want to play less golf, and now they’re going to play more golf by playing the PGA Tour?

Several current players talk about the 11 LIV golfers who have filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour

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Several current players talk about the 11 LIV golfers who have filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour

Several current players talk about the 11 LIV golfers who have filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour

“Want to spend more time with your family? That just doesn’t make any sense to me.

“The question I keep asking myself and should be asking you, and maybe the media should be asking you, is what is your vision for supporting the PGA Tour?

“They’ve talked about wanting to be on the PGA Tour – some of them have – and say they still want to support the PGA Tour, but what kind of vision is that?

“The vision isn’t to play at least 15 events in a year on the PGA Tour, because that would be 29 events, which goes against what they said earlier that they wanted to play less.

“Their vision is to cherry pick which events they want to play in on the PGA Tour, obviously that would be the Invitationals, Players, the higher ranked events and the biggest purse events on the PGA Tour.

“And the PGA Tour doesn’t support that. This causes exceptions to these events, so it’s frustrating.

“They have made the decision to leave the PGA Tour and they should follow their employer.”

Will Zalatoris:

“You know, I understand their argument that we’re independent contractors, but what they’re doing there is detrimental to our tour.

“So you can’t have it both ways. We’ll see what happens.

“I think if they get to play I’d love to see what they did with the Scottish Open where they put them in their own crew.

“I wouldn’t mind seeing her in her own foursome.”

Webb Simpson:

“These guys were aware of the consequences of moving to LIV so I don’t know what they are thinking at the moment trying to sue the tour, although I’m pretty sure they knew what was going to happen.

“You would be suspended. The Commissioner informed us long ago about the consequences of joining LIV, so we’ll see what happens.”

Kevin Kisner:

“They should just be happy with the decision they made and stay where they are.

“I hung out with Hudson Swafford a lot last week, we’re still good friends. We have disagreements and that’s a lot about life.”

Stewart Cink:

“I think we’re starting to get the truth out there.

“Playing less wasn’t the reason players joined another tour. The growth of the game isn’t a reason players will join another tour.

“It’s about getting paid a lot. So if you say you’re going to play less but then file a lawsuit to get access to more tournaments, I think you’re speaking to both sides of your mouth.”

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