PGA Tour’s Jay Monahan vows ‘vigorous’ protection towards antitrust lawsuit: ‘It is your tour’

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PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan dismissed an antitrust lawsuit filed by eleven of its former members, calling it an attempt to “disregard” the “benefits and efforts” of current Tour members.

In an open letter to the tour, Monahan vowed to “vigorously” fight the lawsuit he filed Phil Mickelson and 10 other LIV golfers who say the PGA Tour’s indefinite suspension was intended to harm their careers.

Jay Monahan, commissioner of the PGA TOUR, speaks at a news conference during the 2022 Practice Course for THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass. March 8 Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
(Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

The lawsuit was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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“We are prepared to protect our membership and fight this latest attempt to disrupt our tour, so you should be confident in the legal merits of our position,” Monahan said in the letter. “Basically, these suspended players, who are now the Saudi Golf League, have withdrawn from the tour and now want to come back.” When the Saudi Golf League is on hiatus, they try to use lawyers to force them to compete with our members. in good condition”.

A general view of Trump National Golf Club during practice ahead of the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster 2022.  July 26  in Bedminster, New Jersey.

A general view of Trump National Golf Club during practice ahead of the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster 2022. July 26 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
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Without complaint, three other golfers — Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones — have them all submitted a request for the application of temporary protective measures to compete in next week’s FedEx Cup Playoffs, claiming they qualified before joining LIV Golf.

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“It’s an attempt to use the Tour platform to promote themselves and capitalize on their own strengths and efforts. To get back into our events, that includes the Tour and the competition, which hurts our organization, our players, our partners and our fans,” Monahan continued. the lawsuit filed somehow expects us to believe the opposite, so we intend to make our case clearly and vigorously.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan speaks during a press conference prior to the start of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at TPC River Highlands, Wednesday, 2022.  June 22 in Cromwell, Conn.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan speaks during a press conference prior to the start of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at TPC River Highlands, Wednesday, 2022. June 22 in Cromwell, Conn.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

“Let me be clear: We will continue to stand up for members who adhere to the player and player regulations.”

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Monahan ended the letter by urging other members of the Tour to “speak up”.

“This is your journey, built on the foundation of working together for the benefit and growth of the organization…and then you reap the benefits. Your former colleagues seem to have forgotten one important aspect of that equation.

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