Phil Mickelson Drops Bombshell Antitrust Suit On PGA Tour And Golf Fans Are Extremely Mad About It

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For all the talk among members of the LIV Golf Tour about playing less and setting a more friendly schedule, their actions don’t seem to match their words these days.

Phil Mickelson joined a group of 11 LIV members on Wednesday to file an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour challenging their suspensions.

The following players: Bryson Dechambeau, Ian Poulter, Jason Kokrak, Pat Perez, Talor Gooch, Matt Jones, Hudson Swafford, Ian Poulter, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz and Peter Uihlein, joined Mickelson as plantiffs.

Gooch, Jones and Swafford are each seeking temporary restraining orders to compete in the PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoffs. The playoffs begin next Thursday and are among the tour’s most lucrative events.

The suit claims that since the 11 golfers are independent contractors rather than employees, the PGA Tour cannot limit where else they compete outside the tour.

Golf fans, however, aren’t buying what the players are selling.

Mickelson was the first big name to join the LIV Golf Series. He’s since been roundly criticized by both fans and golfers alike. Dechambeau is another player who has been vocal about his complaints toward the PGA Tour yet continues to attempt to regain his Tour status.

The startup, Saudi-backed tour has been at the center of controversy in the golf world over the last six months. Most recently, it attempted to lure basketball hall of famer Charles Barkley into the fold in a broadcasting role. Though Barkley eventually turned down the offer.

The latest news only likely serves to raise tensions between the two tours even higher.