Judge denies LIV golfers bid to play in FedEx Cup playoffs

The PGA Tour has won a major legal battle with several LIV Golfers looking to play in the FedEx Cup Qualifiers.

Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones are the three golfers who qualified for the FedEx Cup playoffs based on points standings. But three players were suspended from the PGA Tour because they participated in their opponent’s LIV Golf tournament and were therefore blocked from entering the knockout stages.

The three players sought a legal restraining order to allow them to compete in the knockout stages, which began this week with the FedEx St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee.

However, federal Judge Beth Labson Freeman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California rejected the golfers’ request for a temporary injunction. The golfers argued that they were financially harmed by the PGA Tour decision.

Judge Freeman reasoned that the players’ contracts with LIV took into account wages lost on leaving the PGA Tour, and therefore the players were not harmed by the Tour’s suspension.

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