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PGA Tour members speak out, slam LIV golfers’ antitrust lawsuit: ‘You can’t have it both ways’

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PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan advised members of the circuit on Wednesday: speak out against their “former colleagues” After 11 defected players at LIV Golf filed antitrust lawsuits against the tour.

Some of them jumped at the public offering.

2022 PGA Championship runner-up Will Zaratris welcomes the idea of ​​withdrawing membership to join rival Saudi-backed league or playing without releasing and returning to tour It doesn’t seem to.

Will Zaratris reacts after missing a putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the US Open golf tournament June 19, 2022 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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He said their decision was “harmful” to the PGA Tour.

“What I find a little frustrating is obviously the fact that they chose to go there. So you can’t have both methods. via Golf Channel.

Will Zaratris hits from the 8th tee during the third round of the 122nd US Open Championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts on June 18, 2022.

Will Zaratris hits from the 8th tee during the third round of the 122nd US Open Championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts on June 18, 2022.
(Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Similarly, four-time PGA Tour winner Kevin Kisner called it a “difficult situation” and said he wasn’t “broken” by those joining the rival circuit, but that “they were moving.” He added that he believed he should “stick to the place where he did it.”

“Obviously they didn’t like something about our tour so they went on another tour and now they are trying to fight to get back on our tour. I don’t have one,” said Kisner.

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Phil Mickelson and 10 other LIV golfers Indefinite suspension from PGA Tour It was meant to hurt their careers. In addition to the complaint, his three golfers, Talla Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones, have all applied for temporary restraining orders from competing in next week’s FedEx Cup playoffs and will not be participating in LIV Golf. claimed to have qualified before

Phil Mickelson attends the LIV Golf Invitational Series Press Conference at Centurion Club, Hertfordshire, England on June 8, 2022.

Phil Mickelson attends the LIV Golf Invitational Series Press Conference at Centurion Club, Hertfordshire, England on June 8, 2022.
(PA via Stephen Paston/AP)

JT Poston, who joined the tour in 2015, has expressed concern that the lawsuit will ultimately affect players he once competed with.

“When you have these lawsuits and things like that, I think the money that’s being used to fight those lawsuits and back those lawsuits is coming out of our pockets. It’s very good for a lot of people,” he told the Golf Channel.

Other players share the same sentiment on social media.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Michael Kim tweeted, “It’s really sad that three LIV players are about to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.” It’s okay they took money, but this is shameless. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean you have to say yes.”

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“I have no problem with all these guys taking money and playing LIV if that’s what they want to do,” he added in another tweet. “Don’t try to force me to attend a FedEx playoff event because it’s provided by LIV’s attorneys and has legal fees paid.”

From left: Pat Perez, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed speaking to the media before the LIV Golf Invitational - Portland on June 28, 2022 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon.

From left: Pat Perez, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed speaking to the media before the LIV Golf Invitational – Portland on June 28, 2022 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon.
(LIV Golf by Jonathan Ferry/Getty Images)

Joel Dahmen said, “Some people want their own cake and it seems they eat it. “Stay away from your fantasyland. Best regards, most tour players.”

In an open letter to the Tour, Monaghan vowed to fight the lawsuit “vigorously” to protect the PGA Tour.

“This is your tour, built on the foundation that we work together for the benefit and growth of the organization…and you reap the rewards. We seem to have forgotten one aspect,” the commissioner wrote.

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