The legal battle between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf has escalated.
The PGA Tour has filed a petition for discovery against Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. Sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Front Office Sports that the target of the filing is PIF governor Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan, though his name was not listed in the petition filed under seal in federal court.
The petition, sources told FOS, is part of the PGA Tour’s effort to depose Al-Rumayyan in response to the antitrust lawsuit filed against the PGA Tour in August.
Later that month, LIV joined the group of players — which included Phil Mickelson — filing the suit, citing that PGA golfers are “independent contractors but are denied independence.”
- Mickelson, along with LIV golfers Pat Perez, Abraham Ancer, and others would eventually drop from the suit.
- They said that LIV’s newfound involvement deemed their participation unnecessary.
In September, the PGA Tour filed a countersuit against LIV.
The Official World Golf Ranking recently declared that players in LIV tournaments won’t be awarded ranking points after the series’ alliance with the MENA Tour.
The OWGR claimed the MENA Tour didn’t give sufficient notice of changes to its membership structure.