PGA, Monahan: "We've the law on our side"



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PGA, Monahan: "We've the law on our side"

The executive director of the PGA, Jay Monahan, has responded harshly to the antitrust lawsuit filed by eleven players who were suspended by the US circuit for participating in the new LIV, and has asked its members for peace of mind because "the law" is in agreement.

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“We have prepared to protect our members and respond to their latest attempt to disrupt our Tour, and you can be confident that the law is on our side,” Monahan explains in an internal note to tour players.

The director assures that this lawsuit is "an attempt to use" the circuit "as a platform for his own benefit" and take advantage of the "efforts and profits" of its members. "It is an attempt to allow their entry again into our events and commitments, the Tour and the competition, to the detriment of our organization, players, partners and fans," he said.

Eleven players are involved in the aforementioned lawsuit, including Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeu, and it was filed a week before the first event of the FedEX Cup playoffs, the St Jude Championship. In fact, six of the plaintiff players (Taylor Gooch, Jason Kokrak, Matt Jones, Hudson Swafford, Abraham Ancer and Carlos Ortiz), would be candidates to participate in the 'playoffs' if they were not sanctioned by the PGA for participating in the rival circuit .

Gooch, Jones and Swaford also filed a temporary plea to be allowed to compete at St Jude. “Essentially, the suspended players, who are now employees of the Saudi Golf League, have left our circuit and now they want to come back.

With the LVI on hiatus, they are trying to use lawyers to force us to re-admit them to competition alongside our well-accredited members." LIV's roster of members includes top golfers like Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia and Patrick Reed who are still eligible for the Masters, US Open, British Open and PGA Championship, all four 'majors.

' that are not exclusively dependent on the PGA. Jay Monahan closed his message to his golfers trying to seek his peace of mind and his confidence in the PGA. "Let me be clear: we will continue to defend our members, who respect our rules, which are written for and by the players," he concluded.

The suit, filed in the San Francisco penal district, also includes Mickelson's suspension from the PGA in March for recruiting other members of the American Tour to join the Saudi. The six-time major winner was denied reinstatement after participating in the inaugural LIV tournament in London in June.