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PGA sues LIV Golf in bid to force discovery and testimony in ongoing legal battle


PGA is suing Saudi financiers LIV Golf to force discovery and testimony in pending antitrust case… and source says to expect more WEEKLY filings amid legal standoff between rival circuits

  • The PGA has filed a lawsuit seeking to compel LIV Golf backers to testify in court
  • LIV sued the PGA in August over antitrust allegations after the Tour banned its golfers
  • The PGA struck back and is now suing again to compel testimony and discovery
  • Similar lawsuits are expected every week amid the touring legal stalemate
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The PGA’s ongoing legal battle with LIV Golf has spawned a new lawsuit seeking to compel Saudi backers of the rival tour to testify and release documents by way of discovery.

The latest lawsuit filed by the PGA remains sealed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. However, a source close to the PGA told DailyMail.com the lawsuit was aimed at persuading a federal judge to force Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) Governor Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan to be removed in the battle. ongoing legal with LIV. in federal court in California. The PGA is also hoping to obtain relevant documents from the PIF.

LIV’s lawyers initially agreed to the discovery before objecting to it, the source told DailyMail.com. The PGA expects similar filings on a weekly basis in the future due to the number of disputes likely to arise.

Spokespersons for LIV Golf did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. PGA Tour spokespersons declined to respond to the lawsuit.

As sources have told ESPN, PGA lawyers are hoping a judge will force Saudi Public Investment Fund Governor Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan (right, alongside LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman ), to be filed in the Tour’s other legal battle with LIV in federal court in California. PGA Tour spokespersons did not immediately respond to request for comment.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan (pictured) has suspended over 30 LIV golfers

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan (pictured) has suspended over 30 LIV golfers

LIV Golf and several of its players sued the PGA Tour in August for alleged antitrust violations stemming from the Tour’s decision to ban any golfer who signed with the Saudi-backed Tour.

The PGA counterattacked in September, saying LIV Golf is using antitrust laws “like a cudgel” to undermine the Tour’s existing contracts with players. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has suspended more than 30 golfers since the dispute with LIV Golf began this year.

Several big names, including major winners such as Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith and Bryson DeChambeau, have been lured into LIV Golf with lucrative signing bonuses worth $100-200 million. Phil Mickelson, who was originally involved in the Tour class action lawsuit but has since withdrawn his name, was awarded $200 million for defaulting on LIV Golf.

Critics say LIV Golf is simply “sportswashing” Saudi Arabia’s brutal human rights record.

As well as his role with LIV Golf, Al-Rumayyan is known to sports fans in several other capacities: the 52-year-old is chairman of Newcastle United and Saudi oil company Saudi Aramco, one of the world’s biggest major sponsors of Formula 1.

Meanwhile, the US Department of Justice is investigating allegations that the PGA operated as a monopoly, which the Tour has denied.

His Excellency Yasir Al Rumayyan (C) talks to former US President Donald Trump (R) as Saudi Golf Federation CEO Majed Al Sorour (L) looks on during the pre-LIV Golf pro-am Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey

His Excellency Yasir Al Rumayyan (C) talks to former US President Donald Trump (R) as Saudi Golf Federation CEO Majed Al Sorour (L) looks on during the pre-LIV Golf pro-am Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey

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