'What Do They Care About The Dust Collecting Trophies Of A Bygone Era?' - Judge On Suspended LIV Golfers

In a hearing on Tuesday, LIV golfers Hudson Swafford, Matt Jones and Talor Gooch lost their bid to feature in the FedEx Cup playoffs

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On Thursday, the FedEx Cup playoffs got underway at TPC Southwind. However, it was the news and actions earlier on in the week that perhaps caught the eyes of most, as a trio of LIV golfers would not be able to feature in the playoffs after their temporary restraining order (TRO) was turned down.

During the hearing in San Jose, Judge Beth Labson 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."

Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford are taking legal action in order to be allowed to participate in the FedEx playoffs

Gooch, Jones and Swafford lost their bid to feature in the FedEx Cup playoffs

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Following the statement, Judge Freeman went on to add: "It is clear that the LIV Golf contracts negotiated by the Plaintiffs and consummated between the parties were based on the players' calculation of what they would be leaving behind and the amount of money they would need to compensate for those losses.

"Plaintiffs have signed contracts that richly reward them for their talent and compensate for lost opportunity through Tour play. In fact, the evidence shows almost without a doubt that they will be earning significantly more money with LIV Golf than they could reasonably have expected to make through Tour play over the same time period."

What's more, Judge Freeman also mentioned that: "If LIV Golf is elite golf's future, what do Plaintiffs care about the dust-collecting trophies of a bygone era?"

Gooch and the 4 Aces celebrate on the podium

Gooch and his 4 Aces team have secured the last two team events, pocketing $1.5 million in the process

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After the hearing, Rory McIlroy came out in support of the decision, stating "from my vantage point, common sense prevailed and I thought it was the right decision," with the four-time Major winner also adding: "I certainly have a little more respect for the guys that haven't put their names to the suit. So yeah, I mean, it's become a little more personal because of that.

What was LIV Golf's response in all of this you may ask? Well, following the hearing, the Saudi-backed series issued the following statement: “We’re disappointed that Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones won’t be allowed to play golf. No one gains by banning golfers from playing.”

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