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LIV Golf: Civil war escalates as PGA Tour moves against boss nicknamed “The Boss”

The PGA Tour’s legal battle with LIV Golf is increasingly fierce.

Despite Rory McIlroy calling for a quick resolution to this long-running saga, the warring tour advocates are forging ahead.

The latest news – first reported by Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard – is that the PGA Tour has filed a motion seeking to obtain the business plan from LIV Golf boss Yasir bin Othman Al-Rumayyan.

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According to the report, the motion was originally filed in the Southern District of New York, but was agreed by lawyers on both sides to be moved back to Northern California, where the antitrust case – filed this summer – will be heard.

Only three players remain in this process.

Bryson DeChambeau, whose father Jon recently died, says he remains a part of this as a matter of principle, after claiming that the PGA Tour owes him money from its inaugural Player Impact Program.

Bubba Watson, who also made some interesting remarks about getting paid under the table recently, also claims to be owed money.

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Peter Uihlien and Matt Jones are the other two players who are still involved in the antitrust lawsuit after eight players previously dropped out, citing various reasons.

What do PGA Tour lawyers want from Al-Rumayyan?

According to the motion, PGA lawyers want Al-Rumayyan and the PIF to provide financial projections and the business plan for LIV.

The documents also state that they want to:

Any “LIV-related decision making” and your “involvement in recruiting professional golfers to join the LIV”.

If you didn’t know, Al-Rumayyan is known as “The Boss”.

We reported last week that he and the PIF refused to cooperate with the subpoenas, claiming sovereign immunity.

According to the drafted motion, he did not produce “a single responsive document”.

Of course, PGA lawyers argue over whether he should be granted sovereign immunity under the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act, considering Al-Rumayyan regularly travels to New York on business and five of the LIV Golf’s $25 million events were held in the US in 2022.

In 2023, when the LIV Golf League expands to a 14-event program with total awards US$ 405 millionthere will be nine tournaments held in the USA

An official figure has not been confirmed, but it is believed that Al-Rumayyan and the PIF have already invested more than $2 billion in LIV Golf.

LIV Golf bosses are believed to be hoping to recoup their investment through a much-needed TV deal, as well as selling off their teams as franchises.

Dustin Johnson’s 4 Aces GC dominated the LIV team element this season, winning the $50 million Miami team championship at the Trump National Doral.

Johnson has already made one transfer, replacing Talor Gooch with the aforementioned Uihlein.

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