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PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan on Wednesday encouraged circuit members to speak out against their “ex-colleagues” after 11 players who defected to LIV Golf filed an antitrust lawsuit against the Tour.
Some of them jumped on the open invitation.
Will Zalatoris, who finished in second place in the 2022 PGA Championship, didn’t seem happy with the idea of players either canceling their membership to join the rival Saudi Arabia-backed league or not. release to rejoin the Tour.
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He called their decision “disadvantageous” for the PGA Tour.
“The part that’s a little frustrating for me is the fact that they’ve clearly made their choice to go there – they’re playing a straight competitive tour and they want to come back here and play…what they’re doing, go there, is harmful to our Tour. So you can’t have it from both sides,” said Zalatoris through the Gulf Channel.
Similarly, four-time PGA Tour winner Kevin Kisner called it a “difficult situation”, adding that while he has no “hard feelings” for those who have joined the rival circuit, he believes they should “stay where they’re headed.” have moved”.
“Obviously they didn’t like something about our Tour, so they went to another tour, and now they’re trying to fight to get back on our Tour. That doesn’t make much sense to me,” Kisner said.
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Phil Mickelson and 10 other LIV golfers have filed an antitrust lawsuit alleging that the PGA Tour indefinitely suspended were meant to hurt their careers. In addition to the complaint, three other golfers – Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones – have all filed for temporary bans from participating in next week’s FedEx Cup playoffs, arguing they qualified before joining LIV. Wave added.
JT Poston, who competed in the Tour in 2015, expressed concern that the lawsuit will eventually affect the players they once played with.
“When you have these lawsuits and things like that, the money that goes into fighting those lawsuits and supporting those cases comes out of our pockets, I think – the guys who stayed with the Tour, a Tour that’s done so much good luck to so many guys here,” he told the Golf Channel.
Other players have taken to social media to share the same sentiment.
“It’s really sad that 3 LIV players are trying to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs,” Michael Kim said in a tweet on Wednesday. “You’ve made the decision to LIV, stay there. You took the money and that’s fine, but this is shameless. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean you have to say yes.”
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“I have no problem with all these guys taking the money and playing LIV. If that’s what they want to do great,” he added in a separate tweet. “Just don’t try to force yourself to play the FedEx playoff events because the LIV lawyers are offered and the legal fees are paid.”
“It sounds like some people want their cake and want to eat it too,” Joel Dahmen said. “Please stay away in your fantasy land. Sincerely, most tour players.”
In an open letter to the Tour, Monahan vowed to fight the lawsuit “vigorously” to protect the PGA Tour.
“This is your Tour, built on the foundation that we work together for the well-being and growth of the organization … and then you reap the rewards. It seems that your former colleagues have forgotten an important aspect of that equation,” he wrote. The Commisioner.