A request by three golfers on the LIV Golf tour for a brief restraining order that might have allowed them to compete within the PGA Tour’s profitable FedEx Cup playoffs this week was thrown out by a federal decide on Tuesday.
Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford have all been suspended by the PGA Tour for becoming a member of the Saudi-backed breakaway league and hoped an emergency injunction would clear the way in which for them to play within the three-tournament playoffs.
However the US district court docket decide Beth Labso Freeman mentioned the gamers knew the potential penalties of becoming a member of the rival circuit. She mentioned that they had been properly compensated by LIV and that their attorneys failed to ascertain irreparable hurt.
“With right this moment’s information, our gamers’ followers and companions can now give attention to what actually issues over the subsequent three weeks: the very best gamers on this planet competing within the FedExCup Playoffs,” the PGA Tour commissioner, Jay Monahan, mentioned in a letter to gamers.
LIV Golf mentioned it was “disenchanted” the trio have been denied entry into the play-offs and “received’t be allowed to play golf. Nobody good points by banning golfers from taking part in”.
Earlier on Tuesday, the world No 1, Scottie Scheffler mentioned he was “annoyed” by the gamers lawsuit.
The $255m LIV collection is being bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund (PIF), which critics say is a automobile for the nation to enhance its picture within the face of criticism of its human rights document.