Bloomberg Law
Aug. 3, 2022, 8:29 PM

Mickelson, Golfers Sue PGA, Calling It an Illegal Monopoly (2)

Joe Schneider
Joe Schneider
Bloomberg News

Phil Mickelson and 10 other professional golfers sued the PGA Tour claiming it’s an “entrenched monopolist with a vicegrip on professional golf” that’s hurting their careers by suspending them for joining the Saudi Arabia-financed LIV Tour.

The LIV golfers are seeking a court order to lift the PGA’s “anti-competitive” suspensions in an antitrust lawsuit filed Wednesday in San Francisco federal court. Separately, the US Justice Department is investigating the PGA Tour over potential antitrust violations related to its ongoing dispute with the rival circuit.

Phil Mickelson plays a shot on during day two of the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster.
Photographer: Jonathan Ferrey/LIV Golf/Getty Images

The PGA Tour threatened lifetime bans before imposing “unprecedented suspensions” on players and also pushed ...