'No Irreparable Harm' - LIV Trio Lose Case To Play FedEx Cup Playoffs

Judge Freeman has ruled against Hudson Swafford, Talor Gooch and Matt Jones in the San Jose hearing

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After a frantic few hours of speculation, it has been confirmed that three LIV Golf players who had filed a temporary restraining order (TRO) to allow them to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs will not be able to do so. 

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Earlier, reports emerged suggesting that the judge was inclined to allow the LIV Golf trio to compete in the playoffs, beginning on Thursday in the FedEx St. Jude Championship. However, following the hearing in San Jose, Judge Freeman found "no irreparable harm" and denied Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones TROs to compete. According to Golf Magazine's Sean Zak, it was also ruled that "LIV contracts are based upon players' calculation of what they were leaving behind."

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The trio had brought the lawsuit against the PGA Tour last week as part of an antitrust action filed by a group of 11 LIV Golf players challenging their suspensions from the Tour as a result of signing up to the Saudi-backed Series. With the hearing taking place so close to this week's opening playoff tournament, any decision in the players' favour was likely to throw it into chaos.

No doubt there will be sighs of relief from the powers-that-be at the PGA Tour, not least because they won't face either the hassle or humiliation of readmitting three players to this week's tournament that had previously been excluded. However, with rancour between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf showing little sign of abating, there is no doubt that there is still time for more twists in the ongoing power struggle at the top of the game. 

Mike Hall

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.