LIV’s Amazing Progress in Just Six Crazy Months: A Timeline


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In the space of six months, LIV Golf has gone from a Saudi-funded pipe dream with no signed golfers to a legitimate PGA Tour rival with six Masters champions and a former president on board – here’s how it happened the.


February 17An excerpt from an upcoming biography on Phil Mickelson explains his association with LIV Golf despite the Saudi government being ‘scary motherfuckers’ who execute gays and murder Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, leading several longtime sponsors to drop Mickelson and banishing the 52-year-old from the public eye for several months.

May 31stLIV Golf lands its first big American name in former world No. 1 Dustin Johnson in a deal worth over $100m – a major surprise given its previous commitment to the PGA Tour – and causing him to lose several sponsors.

June 6Mickelson officially joins LIV Golf in a deal worth $200 million, and former US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau joins the new tour two days later.

June 9The game begins at LIV Golf’s first-ever tournament, but it’s overshadowed by the PGA Tour’s suspension of its 17 members who signed with LIV Golf and future suspensions for anyone considering attending its events.

June 22Former World No. 1 and four-time Major winner Brooks Koepka joins LIV Golf, announcing he will be playing the tour’s first US event in Portland from June 30.

11 JulyThe PGA Tour confirms Forbes he is under investigation by the Justice Department over alleged antitrust violations in his attempts to ward off his would-be challenger, expressing confidence in the results of the investigation, although legal experts have said that the business could hold the road.

July 12Tiger Woods, arguably the most influential golfer of all time, tears up LIV Golf during a British Open press conference, accusing those who left the PGA Tour for the new Tour of turning their backs on what enabled them to access this post. »

July 19Former President Donald Trump insists all golfers should “take the money now” and join LIV Golf, offering his strongest support yet for the league.

July 28Trump attends LIV Golf’s pro-amateur event ahead of his July 29-31 tournament at his country club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and claims ‘no one got to the bottom of 9/11’ in response to protests from families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks who claim the Saudi government played a role in the atrocities, which Trump had previously said was the case (the Saudis have always denied any involvement in 9/11, although the most of the attackers are Saudi nationals).

July 29Legendary sportscaster Charles Barkley turns down LIV Golf after a public flirtation between the two sides, dealing a blow to the tour as a sign of his uncertain TV future, as he has yet to sign a media deal with any major broadcaster or streaming service, although LIV Golf remains optimistic.

August 1LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman confirmed that Woods turned down between $700 million and $800 million to join LIV.

August 3DeChambeau, Mickelson and nine other LIV Golf players file a federal antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, alleging the Tour acted in a “blatantly anti-competitive manner” and revealing that Mickelson was first suspended in March, more sooner than originally planned.

August 9A federal judge denies a request by three LIV Golf players for a temporary restraining order against the PGA Tour to play in its FedEx Cup playoffs, giving the PGA Tour a victory in the first of many legal battles to come.

To monitor

If the Official World Golf Ranking Board denies LIV Golf’s request to include its events in ranking calculations, it will likely prevent many LIV Golf players from participating in major tournaments and pave the way for a huge legal dispute. According to documents obtained by golf summary. Craig Seebald, antitrust attorney at Vinson & Elkins, said Forbes a denial of LIV Golf’s claim last month could fuel the Justice Department’s antitrust case against the PGA Tour because it could violate the Sherman Antitrust Act. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and Major Tournament Directors are among the members of the Official World Golf Rankings Board of Directors.

Further reading

Majors, monopolies, megabucks and Donald Trump: behind the scenes of the new Saudi golf league (Forbes)

LIV Golf is here to stay (Forbes)

World’s Highest-Paid Golfers 2022: LIV Golf reshuffles top earners and drives up salaries (Forbes)

Here’s why the PGA should be concerned about the DOJ probe, experts say (Forbes)

LIV Golf’s request for World Ranking Points has arrived. But the obstacles to obtaining approval remain numerous (golf summary)