PGA Tour suing LIV Golfs Saudi backers in federal court

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According to court records, the PGA Tour filed a federal suit Thursday against Saudi Arabias Public Investment Fund (Yasir Othman al-Rumayyan), governor of the fund that finances LIV Golf.

The complaint was filed under seal at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York in Manhattan. The PGA Tours lawyers filed 50 exhibits along with a proposed order for a motion of compel.

ESPN was informed Friday by sources that the PGA Tours attorneys sought a motion of compel from a federal court. This would have Al-Rumayyan required to testify in a federal lawsuit in California involving LIV Golf, the PGA Tour, and LIV Golf.

The motion to compel would also require Public Investment Fund to release documents to PGA Tour attorneys via discovery.

Al-Rumayyan is also the chairman of Newcastle United football club and Saudi-owned oil company Saudi Aramco.

LIV Golf was sued by the PGA Tour on Sept. 29 for allegedly interfering with players contracts. Jay Monahan, PGA Tour commissioner, has suspended more than 30 players from participating in LIV golf tournaments that did not have conflicting-event release releases.

On Aug. 3, eleven LIV Golf players filed a federal Antitrust lawsuit against PGA Tour accusing it of using its monopoly power to squash competition. Three players were suspended by the tour. Bryson deChambeau, Matt Jones Peter Uihlein, and LIV Golf, are still plaintiffs. Six other players were also involved, including LIV Golfs six-time major champion. Phil Mickelson, were plaintiffs and asked for a removal of a judge from the case.

The U.S. Department of Justice launched an investigation into the PGA Tours alleged monopolistic behavior in dealing LIV Golf and its members. This is something the tour denies.

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