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

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

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

Both tours claim they want the game to grow; Instead, they do little things to make each other look bad.

That Wall Street Journal published an article that Phil Mickelson and 10 other LIV golfers are suing the PGA Tour over their suspensions.

Three of them are also trying to get into the FedExCup playoffs, which start next week.

It’s honestly getting exhausting at this point to see the back and forth between these two golf leagues. Neither side budges, and at this point it hurts the game more than it grows.

Phil Mickelson and 10 other LIV golfers are suing the PGA Tour, 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 “preliminary restraining order” to play in the playoffs.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan responded to that lengthy lawsuit with a petty announcement that makes him look even worse than he already did. Neither site is looking good right now. bryson-dechambeau-taking-liv-golfers-to-file-antitrust-lawsuit-against-pga

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

Who cares if a golfer wants to play golf for LIV? I see both sides and I respect those who don’t want them to play on the 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 don’t particularly like LIV Golf and don’t think it’s good for the game of golf, but now players are complaining because they want to play on the PGA Tour. I understand why people don’t want them making millions to get back on the tour and try to make more money, but the odds of a LIV player winning a PGA Tour event can’t be that astronomical, that it is worth complaining so much.

The PGA Tour doesn’t help itself with their answers either. It makes them seem more snobby and less inviting to me.

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

Why wasn’t there a resolution? Why didn’t Monahan and Greg Norman meet at a table and let off steam until they hugged? I can’t answer these questions because I’m not one of those men, but there must be a solution sooner rather than later.

Golf continues to split and it’s only hampering the game we’ve taken to record levels during the pandemic.

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

Could it have been more open and honest? Sure, but it’s time to get over it and grow.

Regardless of which side you’re on, there’s a serious problem in professional golf, and neither side has a compelling solution. How long does it take before it becomes harmful?

Honestly, it’s getting tight and it’s a little annoying that neither side wants to help the other. Competition is okay, and that’s something golf should embrace, 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 has flexed its muscles, which seems like it’s touched a sensitive nerve for the PGA Tour.

Rather than welcoming the competition, the PGA Tour sniffed and did little but make “promises” and respond with petty announcements. This increased purses make the PGA Tour more attractive, but why do we have to dictate who plays where and when?

You have players suing the PGA Tour, which hurts everyone in return. Nobody wants that anymore and it’s time to stop the bleeding. This little drama doesn’t do anything to the Golf – until someone bends it only gets uglier. Enough is enough.

Let golfers play and find out how they can coexist.

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John Verrall

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