Tommy Fleetwood Criticises 'Silly' LIV Golf Lawsuit

The 31-year-old doesn't think LIV Golf players should be bringing legal action against the PGA Tour

Tommy Fleetwood takes a shot during the 2022 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
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Tommy Fleetwood has expressed his dismay at LIV Golf players suing the PGA Tour, describing the lawsuit as 'silly'.

Speaking on Barstool’s Fore Play podcast, Fleetwood said: “I think for some people that have gone it probably was a good idea to go. They are the ones that might not be as competitive going forward or are a bit older and they've been offered what they have or the chance to do what they're doing. I'm not that bothered. That's fine. I just think when you make a choice and you start suing I think it's a bit silly really.” 

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Originally, 11 LIV Golf players put their name to the antitrust lawsuit filed against the PGA Tour in an attempt to have their suspensions lifted. Several withdrawals, including four last week, have reduced that number to three. However, as things stands, it will still go to court in January 2024.

The lawsuit was met with a stinging response from PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who, in a letter to members said: “It's an attempt to use the Tour platform to promote themselves and to freeride on your benefits and efforts.” Since then, LIV Golf has joined the lawsuit while the PGA Tour is countersuing the Saudi-backed venture as the fractures at the top of the game become ever more apparent.

Despite the rift, though, Fleetwood explained that he had no animosity towards the players involved. He said: “I'll still talk to any of the guys. I've no real remorse. I've got no time for that. I'm very fine. I'd much rather everyone get on and be happy. But it's not the way things are going at the moment."

Nevertheless, the 31-year-old admitted that the chasm is having a knock-on effect on some tournaments, even though he's trying to focus on his game rather than events elsewhere. He said: "There's a few tournaments this year that have felt a bit strange and had a little bit of a weird atmosphere, and definitely more recently I think. You get on with what you're doing. I just want to play as well as I can play. I totally get it, I've always had the feeling or the idea that as long as I'm playing my golf where I want to play it I'm perfectly happy.

"But then I think there's certain things that players have done they shouldn't have done, like making a choice and then suing people. I don't think that's something they should be doing.”

Mike Hall
News Writer

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.