Scheffler Hits Out At 'Frustrating' Lawsuit From LIV Golf Trio

The World No.1 is unimpressed that three LIV Golf players are hoping to compete in the FedEx St. Jude Championship

Scottie Scheffler takes a shot during the 2022 Open Championship at St Andrews
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Scottie Scheffler has spoken of his frustration that three LIV Golf players have filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour with a view to competing in this week’s FedEx St. Jude Championship.

Last week, it was revealed that 11 LIV Golf players are suing the PGA Tour, but three of them - Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones – are seeking a temporary restraining order to allow them to compete in this week’s opening FedEx Cup Playoff tournament. Speaking ahead of the event, Scheffler admitted he was frustrated by the development. 

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He said: “I'm definitely curious to see what's going to happen. It's one of those deals where those guys kind of made their decision to go join another Tour and they broke the rules and regulations of our Tour and now they're trying to sue us, which is definitely a bit frustrating. I heard that was going to happen and I know some guys aren't surprised to see it, but I definitely am surprised to see some guys now suing us."

The PGA Tour responded to the lawsuit firstly with a strongly worded letter to its members, then with a claim that it is “legally baseless”. The hearing takes place later, and, despite the potential last-minute disruption to a tournament beginning later this week, the current leader in the FedExCup standings said he was unfazed by the situation. He said: “I'm interested. If they win, come out here and play, I mean, that's something that's up to the courts, I can't control what's going to happen in a court case. Definitely interested, but at the end of the day it has no effect on my preparation for the week.”

Nevertheless, Scheffler admitted that the ongoing LIV Golf Invitational Series saga is a hot topic among he and his fellow pros. He said: “I think it's being discussed a decent amount just because it's a life-altering decision for people. When you do go join another Tour and you break the rules that we have out on our Tour, yeah, I understand we're independent contractors, but at the same time there's certain rules that you have to follow as being a member of an organisation."

As for Scheffler, he’s as resolute as ever that while the lure of the Saudi-backed Series has tempted some, he won’t be joining them. He said: “I feel like the PGA Tour is the best place to play. I'm not willing - my dream was to play on the PGA Tour. My dream was never to maximum myself my financial benefits. I feel very blessed and fortunate to play golf and get paid for it, so for me, I'm not looking to go out and do anything else. The PGA Tour is where I want to play and it continues to be the place where the best golfers in the world play and the opportunity to win FedExCup and opportunity to win Major championships and to win tournaments out here.”

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. 

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