Federal judge rejects LIV golfers bid for PGA Tour playoffs

by: JANIE McCAULEY, Associated Press

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge in California has ruled that three golfers who joined Saudi-backed LIV Golf will be ineligible for the PGA Tour playoffs.

Judge Beth Labson Freeman delivered her decision Tuesday afternoon in San Jose after the parties’ attorneys each spoke for about an hour.

The golfers were asking for a temporary restraining order, which Freeman denied. Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford have claimed they should be able to play wherever they want, each saying in letters last month to the PGA, “I am a free agent and an independent contractor.” They are among 10 players who filed an antitrust complaint against the PGA Tour last week, including Phil Mickelson.

The first of three FedEx Cup playoff events begins Thursday as players compete for the $18 million top prize.

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