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US Judge Blocks LIV Golfers from PGA Return

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US Judge Blocks LIV Golfers from PGA Return

LIV Golf athletes, Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones, who have been suspended by the PGA, had their request to play in FedEx Cup Playoffs blocked by California judge, Beth Labson Freeman.

After leaving the PGA for LIV Golf, Freeman said the athletes were well aware of the consequences after their contractual transition to the LIV tournament.

In her closing statements, Judge Freeman, said: “It appears to the court that the LIV contracts, negotiated by the players and consummated between the parties, were based upon the players’ calculation of what they would be leaving behind and the amount the players would need to monetise to compensate for those losses.”

Commenting on the verdict, professional golfer, Rory McIlroy, said: “From my vantage point, common sense prevailed and I thought it was the right decision.”

“Now that that has happened, I think it just lets us focus on the important stuff which is the golf.

“We can all move forward and not have that sideshow going on for the next few weeks, which is nice,” McIlroy said.

The news comes as Australian, Open Champion, Cameron Smith weighs a rumoured AUD$140 million offer to defer to LIV golf.

Smith, world No.2 and Australia’s fan favourite in this weekend’s playoffs, faces the opportunity to collect AUD $25 million for first place in the upcoming tournament.

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