Masters ‘told players NOT to join LIV Golf warning they would be uninvited in the future

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Masters officers ‘instructed gamers NOT to hitch LIV Golf and warned they’d be uninvited from Augusta’ sooner or later, in line with a 105-page lawsuit Mickelson, DeChambeau and Co have filed towards the PGA Tour

  • Lawsuit mentioned Augusta National pressured golfers to reject Saudi-backed tour
  • Masters might be first main event to ban LIV golfers subsequent April
  • Doing that might see six of the final 12 event winners banned from Augusta

Leaders of arguably essentially the most prestigious event in golf are being accused of making an attempt to steer golfers to not be a part of the upstart LIV tour. 

These accusations towards officers at The Masters and Augusta National Golf Club are a part of a larger antitrust lawsuit filed by 11 gamers at LIV golf towards the PGA Tour.

‘Augusta National, the promoter of The Masters, has taken a number of actions to point its alignment with the PGA Tour, thus seeding doubt amongst prime skilled golfers whether or not they can be banned from future Masters Tournaments,’ reads the lawsuit. 

‘As an preliminary matter, the hyperlinks between the PGA Tour and Augusta National run deep. The actions by Augusta National point out that the PGA Tour has used these channels to strain Augusta National to do its bidding. 

‘For instance, in February, 2022 Augusta National representatives threatened to disinvite gamers from The Masters in the event that they joined LIV Golf.’ 

Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley told golfers to reject LIV, per a lawsuit

Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley instructed golfers to reject LIV, per a lawsuit

The Masters could take the move to be the first major tournament to ban LIV golfers from play

The Masters may take the transfer to be the primary main event to ban LIV golfers from play

The go well with provides that Augusta National officers had been absent from the assembly, however instructed gamers the PGA Tour and leaders of The Masters agreed to work collectively to deal with LIV.

Additionally, the submitting says membership and event chairman Fred Ridley personally instructed a number of gamers at this yr’s Masters to not take part in LIV Golf occasions, and that Ridley declined a gathering with LIV CEO Greg Norman. 

Neither The Masters or Augusta National Golf Club have publicly commented on the accusations within the lawsuit.

Past U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau is part of a suit against the PGA Tour

Past U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau is a part of a go well with towards the PGA Tour

Six-time main winner Phil Mickelson is certainly one of eleven LIV Golf gamers suing the PGA Tour

Golfers from the LIV tour are assured {that a} optimistic end result will come their approach, both in or out of a courtroom.

‘I personally know that it’s going to get discovered, whether or not it is legally or whether or not they come to the desk and work out phrases,’ main winner Bryson DeChambeau instructed Fox News’s Tucker Carlson earlier this week.

‘I undoubtedly suppose it is going to wash itself out sooner or later, fairly shortly.’ 

The Masters may make the transfer to ban LIV golfers from its upcoming event in April, changing into the primary of the 4 golf majors to take action.

Both the U.S. Open and British Open allowed LIV golfers to compete of their tournaments in June and July respectively. 

If Augusta selected to make that transfer, it is unclear if that might result in the ban six of its final 12 champions.

That quantity at the moment sits at 5, with Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel, and Phil Mickelson having already teed up for the Saudi-backed tour.

It will bounce as much as six when two-time inexperienced jacket winner Bubba Watson turns into an off-course captain for LIV’s subsequent occasion going down roughly 30 miles exterior of Boston on the finish of the month. 

Winners of The Masters earn a lifetime exemption to enter the event.

When requested in April if Mickelson’s absence from the 2022 Masters was as a consequence of him becoming a member of LIV, Ridley replied, ‘I want to say we didn’t disinvite Phil.

‘Phil has been an actual fixture right here on the Masters for a lot of, a few years. He’s been an enormous a part of our historical past. We definitely want him the very best working by the problems he is coping with proper now.’ 

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson is set to join LIV Golf later this year

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson is about to hitch LIV Golf later this yr