Six-time American champion Phil Mickelson admitted on Thursday that he is considering withdrawing his name from LIV Golf’s federal antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour.
Mickelson was among an 11-member group of golfers who filed legal action against the PGA on August 3, arguing that they were unfairly suspended for participating in LIV Golf activities and that the PGA used its monopoly to stifle competition.
The LIV Golf circuit joined its players as plaintiffs in the lawsuit on August 27.
After competing in an LIV Pro-Am tournament in Golf at Rich Harvest Farms, Mickelson said, “I haven’t done anything yet, but now that the LIV circuit is involved, I don’t need to be part of the complaint.” “I am still part of the follow-up for now. I really don’t know what to do. The only reason I would follow would be for compensation and I really don’t need it. »
Mickelson was a big player in LIV Golf’s battle with the PGA to get the world’s best players. He was one of the first players to join LIV, a circuit funded by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Funds and led by Greg Norman.
Mickelson complained about the “heinous greed” of the PGA and argued that professional players are free agents who should be able to play wherever they want.
I think it is important that players have the right to play where they want, when they want and where they deserve. Now that LIV is part of the chase, this will be accomplished if and when they win. »
Mickelson’s controversial comments to writer Alan Shipnuck about the PGA and Saudi Arabia forced him to spend four months away from golf. The lawsuit said Mickelson was first suspended by the PGA for two months on March 22 for “trying to recruit players for LIV Golf”. An appeals committee upheld Mickelson’s suspension. Two months later, his request for reinstatement was denied as he played an LIV Golf tournament in London.
“The track’s illegal behavior has cost him contracts and partnerships,” the lawsuit says. Notably, the PGA is the only golf tour that is frequently aired on US television and generates more revenue in sponsorship, advertising, and broadcast revenue than any other tour. »
The four players who were originally responsible for the chase – Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Pat Perez and Jason Kokrak – are no longer involved in the lawsuit.