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Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy summoned to testify about players meeting

The ongoing authorized battles waged by LIV Golf, in addition to these from the Saudi-backed circuit, towards the PGA Tour have taken one other wild flip, with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy now being roped into the fray. 

Larry Klayman, the identical lawyer who tried to declare former President Barack Obama wasn’t born within the U.S., is now looking for to pressure Woods and McIlroy to testify beneath oath with reference to final week’s players-only meeting that happened in Delaware forward of the BMW Championship. Klayman alleges the discussions that happened are “anticompetitive and violative of the antitrust laws vis a vis the LIV Golf Tour and its players.”

Tiger Woods, left, and Rory McIlroy had been amongst greater than 20 players at a players-only meeting earlier this month in Delaware.
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Larry Klayman
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The press launch from Klayman — who doesn’t signify the controversial circuit, however did file a $750 million defamation lawsuit final week towards the Golf Channel and Brandel Chamblee on behalf of LIV participant Patrick Reed — says that Woods has been given a discover of deposition for Sept. 21, McIlroy for Sept. 22, and PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan for Sept. 27 in Jupiter, Fla.

“This is not a personal ‘thing’ against Woods, McIlroy and Monahan,” the 71-year-old legal professional mentioned in a launch. “It’s about getting information about what occurred at the players’ meeting and generally with regard to allegations in our complaint that the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour and their commissioners Jay Monahan and Keith Pelley, are allegedly colluding in restraint of trade and the antitrust laws to harm the LIV Golf Tour and its players.”

Klayman additionally referred to as the Tour’s announcement Wednesday, wherein they confirmed important will increase in match purses and assured money for prime players, an try to “emulate LIV Golf, while continuing to allegedly harm LIV and its players by, among other alleged anticompetitive acts, working to deny them world ranking points to compete in major tournaments such as the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship.”

Klayman additionally dubbed the Tour “LIV Light” within the wake of the information, and mentioned he seems to be ahead to the trio “telling the truth” beneath oath, calling their testimony not simply “relevant,” however “crucial.”

Greg Norman, the CEO and commissioner of LIV, took his personal dig on the Tour on Wednesday by posting a meme on Instagram wherein he accused Monahan of “copying” his homework, given the inspiration of LIV is that it provides players assured money.

The Tour, in the meantime, wraps up its 2021-22 season this week with the Tour Championship, which started Thursday and ends Sunday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. After its conclusion, a handful extra players, together with reigning British Open champ Cameron Smith, are reportedly anticipated to bolt from the Tour to LIV.

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