The PGA Tour faces another lawsuit as the legal battle rages over the Saudi-backed LIV Golf circuit. Attorney Larry Klayman has filed a Second Amendment class action complaint in Palm Beach County, Florida, against the PGA Tour, DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) and the World Golf Rankings (OWGR ). Klayman, who named PGA and DP World tour chiefs Jay Monahan and Keith Pelley in the lawsuit, said their actions violated the tournament rules.
The PGA Tour declined to comment and the DP World Tour and OWGR did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The report says it was “a concerted effort to destroy LIV Golf and its players in their youth”. In a statement on his ‘Freedom Watch’ website, Klayman said the OWGR was “said to be an important part of the conspiracy to prevent trade in violation of Florida’s antitrust laws.”
He said “LIV Golf players are being deprived of the world’s leading awards to prevent them from playing in major tournaments and other tournaments, which is bad for consumers in this regard.” In a statement, Klayman said the quality of golf offered on the PGA Tour has been “diminished and undermined by the decline in talent level” due to the ban on LIV Golf players.
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The US PGA Tour has banned more than 30 players from participating in one of LIV’s 48-man, 54-hole tournaments, a move that prompted 11 LIV Golf players to file a lawsuit against the PGA Tour in August. Eight of the original plaintiffs in that suit, including vocal LIV sponsor Phil Mickelson, have had their names removed from the action, while Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Jones and Peter Uihlein remain as plaintiffs. and LIV Golf again.
In September, the PGA Tour filed a lawsuit against LIV Golf, alleging violations of its contracts with players. In August, a US judge denied three LIV Golf players’ request for a temporary restraining order allowing them to compete in the US PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup.
But the U.S. Department of Justice has opened an anti-trust investigation into the PGA Tour’s actions in trying to crack down on the former circuit. Efforts by the DP World Tour to ban golfers participating in LIV Golf have sparked litigation in Europe. Klayman also represents LIV player Patrick Reed in two defamation lawsuits seeking a total of $750 million against members of the media. LIV Golf, which has signed a number of famous players including American Phil Mickelson and Australian Cameron Smith, plans to hold 14 events next year after ending its first season last month.