'They've Sued Us' - LIV Golfers Not Welcome Back Claims PGA Tour Commissioner

After announcing a number of changes to the PGA Tour, Jay Monahan revealed that LIV golfers would not be welcome back

Monahan walks the fairway holding a jacket
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On Wednesday, PGA Tour Commissioner, Jay Monahan, revealed a number of huge changes to the PGA Tour in light of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series. Within his press conference, the Commissioner also stated that those who have defected to LIV Golf will not be welcome back.

Taking questions from the media, Monahan's one word answer to the question: "If a player who has gone off to LIV looked at this and says, this looks pretty good, would you lift the suspension and welcome them back?" was clear and concise as he gave a two-letter response of "no".

Jay Monahan 2022 Tour Championship Press Conference

Monahan speaks during his press conference at the Tour Championship

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The American went on to add: "They've joined the LIV Golf Series and they've made that commitment. For most of them, they've made multiyear commitments. As I've been clear throughout, every player has a choice, and I respect their choice, but they've made it. We've made ours. We're going to continue to focus on the things that we control and get stronger and stronger. I think they understand that."

Originally, 11 LIV golfers had filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour that is set to go to trial in the early part of 2024, according to a report in Sports Illustrated.

However, over the past fortnight, both Carlos Ortiz and Pat Perez have withdrawn from the original 105-page complaint against the bans imposed by the PGA Tour to any of its members defecting to the Saudi-funded breakaway circuit.

Once again, Monahan was firm in his response to the possible return of LIV golfers to the PGA Tour, with the 52-year-old explaining: "As it relates to any of the scenarios for LIV players and coming back, I'll remind you that we're in a lawsuit. They've sued us. I think talking about any hypotheticals at this point doesn't make a lot of sense."

Phil Mickelson smiling during the LIV Golf Invitational Bedminster

Mickelson is reportedly part of the nine LIV golfers involved in the lawsuit 

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As well as the new changes by the PGA Tour, golf fans will also see the new addition of a technology focussed golf league that will begin in 2024. Launched by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, and in partnership with the PGA Tour, it will showcase team matches from a purpose-built venue on Monday evenings in a prime-time 2 hour slot.

Consisting of 15 regular season Monday night matches before a knockout series, four time Major winner, McIlroy, stated in his press conference on Wednesday that the changes made by the PGA Tour "make the product more compelling".

The 33-year-old went on to add: "I saw a stat yesterday that, apart from the Major championships and maybe the Players [Championship], the top-10 players, top-20 players get together to play against each other one other time during the year. 

"I think if you’re trying to sell a product to TV and to sponsors, and to try and get as many eyeballs on professional golf as possible, you need to at least let people know what they’re tuning in for."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x