It’s been a busy few days on the LIV gulf front.
On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that 11 players from the LIV Golf Invitational Series, including Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau, filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour in response to their ban from the U.S. circuit after jumping off the ship and affiliated with the Saudi-backed series.
They want to play PGA Tour events, even though that would complement their already existing 14-tournament schedule that LIV has on the roll for 2023, which ultimately goes against many of their main arguments for joining the fledgling league – we want to play less golf and spend more time with our families!
Since the release of the lawsuit, several new cases have come to light, including that Augusta National officials apparently tried to persuade players to join LIV.
But the most fascinating are the text messages between Sergio Garcia and Greg Norman, the CEO of LIV Golf.
On May 31 of this year, Garcia was announced as one of the main names for the first LIV event in London. But according to these text messages, Garcia was planning his jump months in advance.
“I just wanted to see how the League is doing because it seems like a lot of those guys who loved it and were excited about it last week are now shaking their pants,” Garcia wrote in a text message in February. . 11.
Then, almost a week later, Garcia wrote this: “Hello Sharky! It’s official, the Tour has told our managers this week that whoever signs with the League will be banned from the Tour for life! I don’t know how we get under this circumstances can get enough good players to join the League.”
In response, Norman was adamant that the Tour couldn’t pull such a move: “They can’t ban you for one day, let alone for life. It’s a superficial threat.”
Here is an overview of all messages:
On June 9, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan banned 17 players from the PGA Tour after playing LIV London.
Life is coming your way quickly.
Saudi Arabia has been accused of large-scale human rights violations, including politically motivated killings, torture, enforced disappearances and inhumane treatment of detainees. And members of the royal family and the Saudi government were charged with involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist.
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