LIV golfers’ different attitudes towards legal action offers insight into motives | Ewan Murray

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It would be a mistake to assume every golfer swayed by a swag grab has adopted the same approach to volatile sport’s civil war

It would be unwise to place blind faith in the comments of a judge during a commercial dispute. In the case of LIV Golf and associated chaos, a sporting resolution chamber in the UK placed a stay on suspensions of DP World, formerly European, Tour golfers long before this week’s dramatic events in a courtroom in California. Interpretations of the law, however, are rarely an exact science.

In contrast to the UK, Judge Beth Labson Freeman determined the PGA Tour was well within its rights to exclude Matt Jones, Talor Gooch and Hudson Swafford from a playoff berth they had earned via on-course pursuits because it was undermined by an off-course swag grab. “If LIV Golf is elite golf’s future, what do the players care about the dust-collecting trophies of a bygone era?” asked Freeman in her written reasoning. It felt a valid point.

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Written by Ewan Murray
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/aug/12/liv-golfers-and-attitudes-towards-legal-action-requires-important-distinction under the title “LIV golfers’ different attitudes towards legal action offers insight into motives | Ewan Murray”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.