Phil Mickelson, 10 LIV Golf defectors are suing the PGA Tour

LIV Golf has 11 players suing the PGA Tour as more drama surrounds this new golf league.

How much more drama do the PGA Tour and LIV Golf need?

Both tours claim they want to grow the game; instead, they are doing petty things to make each other look bad.

The Wall Street Journal published an article stating that Phil Mickelson and 10 other LIV Golf players are suing the PGA Tour because of their suspensions.

Three of them are also trying to get the ability to play in the FedExCup Playoffs that begin next week.

It’s honestly getting exhausting at this point seeing the back and forth between these two golf leagues. Neither side is budging, and at this point, it’s hurting the game more than it is growing it.

Phil Mickelson and 10 other LIV Golfers sue the PGA Tour because why not?

The players involved in this lawsuit are Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Talor Gooch, Matt Jones, Hudson Swafford, Abraham Ancer, Ian Poulter, Carlos Ortiz, Pat Perez, Peter Uihlein and Jason Kokrak.

Swafford, Gooch and Jones are the three trying to get a “temporary restraining order” to play in the playoffs.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan responded to this lengthy lawsuit with a petty announcement that makes him look worse than he already did. Neither side looks good at this time.

Some say they cannot have their cake and eat it too, but neither can the PGA Tour.

Who cares if a golfer wants to play for LIV Golf? I see both sides to it and respect those who don’t want them to play on Tour, but at the same time, it’s like the mean girls at lunch — you can’t sit with us because you’re not pretty enough.

I’m not too fond of LIV Golf, and I don’t think it’s good for the game of golf, but now players are suing because they want to play on the PGA Tour. I get why people don’t want them to make millions to come back on Tour and try to make more money, but the odds that a player from LIV winning a PGA Tour event cannot be so astronomical that it’ll be worth complaining this much.

The PGA Tour isn’t helping itself either with its responses. To me, it makes them look more snobby and less welcoming.

Not to mention the DOJ investigation that the PGA Tour is currently facing on top of this new lawsuit. Maybe the PGA Tour needs to do some soul searching and find a way to resolve these issues because it seems like their seat is red hot, and they don’t know how to put out that fire.

Why hasn’t there been a resolution? Why have Monahan and Greg Norman not met at a table and duked it out until they hugged? I cannot answer those questions because I’m not either of those men, but a resolution needs to happen sooner than later.

Golf continues to divide, and it’s doing nothing but hindering the game that we grew to record levels during the pandemic.

The guys who earned playoff status should be able to participate because they made it. If they didn’t, it would be one thing, but those guys got the necessary points, so they should be able to compete. They took the money because they wanted to — it’s a personal choice. You don’t have to agree or like it, but they made that choice for themselves and their families.

Could it have been more upfront and honest? Sure, but it’s time to move past that and grow.

Regardless of what side you’re on, there is a severe problem in professional golf, and neither side has a strong solution. How long does this go on before it becomes detrimental?

Honestly, it’s getting close, and it’s slightly upsetting that neither side wants to help the other. Competition is okay, and that is something golf should welcome as it has for centuries.

Aren’t golfers the ones who want to play against the best in the world or their field to test their game? They are, and LIV Golf flexed its muscles, which seems like it has hit a sensitive nerve for the PGA Tour.

Instead of welcoming the competition, the PGA Tour turned its nose up and hasn’t done much outside of making “promises” and responding with petty announcements. Those increased purses make the PGA Tour more appealing, but why do we have to dictate who plays where and when?

You have players suing the PGA Tour, which in return hurts everyone. No one wants this anymore, and it’s time to stop the bleeding. This petty drama does nothing for golf — until someone bends, it’s only getting uglier. Enough is enough.

Let golfers play and figure out how to coexist.

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