On june 9th, the PGA tour announced it would
suspend 17 players who participated in the
inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series event,
indicating that the players infringed the PGA
Tour’s Tournament Regulations.
After this, Phil Mickelson and ten other
professional golfers filed a federal antitrust
complaint against the PGA Tour, arguing that
their professional careers were significantly
harmed by being suspended from the PGA Tour
due to participating in the LIV Golf Invitational
The complaint argues that the PGA Tour unfairly
controls players with anti-competitive
restrictions to protect its prolonged monopoly
in professional golf.
claimed by the golfers
According to the complaint, the golfers claimed that the practices of the PGA Tour consist in:
1. Diminishing competition for their services and reinforcing the monopoly power of the PGA Tour on which the golfers sell those services.
2. Denying the income-earning opportunities to the golf players, and tournament performance opportunities.
3. Harming their reputations, goodwill and brands.
What are these professional golfers seeking in the complaint?
These golfers seek to have their suspensions lifted to compete in the tournaments arranged by the PGA Tour, and economic compensation for the damages created by the decision of the main professional golf tours organization of the United States.