Phil Mickelson and 10 other LIV Golf members sued the PGA on Wednesday in the latest chapter between the warring organizations.
The LIV members filed an antitrust lawsuit claiming the PGA illegally blocked them from participating in PGA tournaments, CBS reports.
The golfers with the LIV Golf Invitational Series, which is backed by Saudi Arabia, are reportedly demanding they be reinstated in the PGA. Some of the golfers could be eligible to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, which starts Monday, if a judge sides with them.
The row between the LIV members and the PGA began in June, when they ditched the PGA Tour to play for LIV Golf instead, according to CBS. Accordingly, the PGA suspended them, CBS said.
The PGA Vs. LIV Golf
The first LIV Golf Invitational Series started June 9 at the Centurion Club near London. Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund, finances LIV owner LIV Golf Investments.
Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice launched an antitrust investigation into the PGA Tour’s dealings with LIV’s series, which continues to pick up professional golfers from the majors.
Ahead of the 150th Open Championship at Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland Tiger Woods criticized LIV and its new recruits.
“I disagree with it,” Woods said afterward, according to ESPN. “I think that what they’ve done is turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position.”
“What these players are doing for guaranteed money … what is the incentive to practice?” he continued. “What is the incentive to go out there and earn it in the dirt?”
Evidently, the Saudi-backed LIV tour reportedly offered a ludicrous $700 million to $800 million for Tiger Woods to join its fold. But perhaps even more shocking, Woods rejected the proposed deal.