Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter Drop Out of PGA Lawsuit

Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter Drop Out of PGA Lawsuit
CHARLOTTE, NC, USA - May 4, 2021: Five time major champion winner, Phil Michelson, hits a drive as he plays in the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship. — Photo by dleindecdp

Both Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter have dropped out of the lawsuit filed against the PGA Tour following its decision to suspend the players who have joined the LIV Golf series.

Mickelson and Poulter were among 11 players who had initially filed a suit that would challenge the suspensions that the Tour imposed on them after they joined LIV Golf despite warnings. The trial is set for January 2024.

“I am focused on moving forward and am extremely happy being a part of LIV, while also grateful for my time on the Tour,” Mickelson said about his choice to remove himself from the proceedings.

“I am pleased that the players on Tour are finally being heard, respected, and valued and are benefitting from the changes recently implemented. With LIV’s involvement in these issues, the players’ rights will be protected, and I no longer feel it is necessary for me to be part of the proceedings.”

Poulter had this to say: “I am extremely happy being a part of LIV.”

“Now that I’m no longer a member of the PGA, and with LIV’s involvement in these important issues, I have decided to forego my involvement in this matter. I have faith LIV will successfully make the legal case.”

Other layers who also removed their names from the lawsuit include Carlos Ortiz, Jasok Kokrak, and Abraham Ancer. Talor Gooch and Hudson Swafford have also been asked to be removed from the case.

There are only three remaining plaintiffs – Matt Jones, Bryson DeChambeau, and Peter Uihlein.

Jonathan Grella of LIV Golf said: “Nothing has changed.”

“The merits of the case - the PGA Tour’s anti-competitive conduct - still stand and will be fully tested in court. And we look forward to that.”

“LIV stands with the players whom the PGA Tour has treated so poorly, but we also recognize that to be successful, we no longer need a wide array of players to be on the suit.”

“We have our players’ backs and will press our case against the PGA Tour’s anti-competitive behavior.”

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