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A hearing is set for August 9 at 4pm local time in California for Australia’s Matt Jones, Talor Gooch and Hudson Swafford, who are all seeking a temporary restraining order to play next week’s FedEx Cup Playoff event in Memphis, which begins two days later.
On Wednesday, a 105-page complaint was filed by 11 LIV Golf players essentially challenging their respective suspensions by the PGA Tour for defecting. Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau are among those behind the lawsuit. Jones, Gooch and Swafford are part of that lawsuit but are the three who broke out and are attempting to earn the right to play in the playoffs for as long as they are eligible. All three would have qualified for the postseason had they not been suspended.
Just last week the PGA Tour created a FedEx Cup points list based on “eligibility” which removed players suspended by the tour, including the aforementioned three. The top 125 players from the eligibility list are those who will qualify for the FedEx St Jude Championship in Memphis.
“To allow reentry into our events compromised the tour and the competition, to the detriment of our organisation, our players, our partners and our fans,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan wrote to players in a memo on Wednesday.
“The lawsuit they have filed somehow expects us to believe the opposite, which is why we intend to make our case clearly and vigorously.”