LIV Golf players chasing PGA Tour are ‘frustrating,’ says World’s No. 1 ranked player Scottie Scheffler

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A federal judge in California could rule on Tuesday whether to grant a temporary restraining order that would allow three golfers who left the PGA Tour for LIV Golf to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs, starting this week at the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

Scottie Scheffler, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, said he was curious to see if Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford would join him at TPC Southwind this week.

U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman is scheduled to hear arguments from attorneys representing the trio of LIV Golf players and the PGA Tour on Tuesday in San Jose, Calif.

Gooch, Jones, Swafford and eight other LIV players, including Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau, filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour in federal court last week.

“I’m definitely curious to see what’s going to happen,” Scheffler said. “It’s one of those deals where these guys kind of made the decision to go and join another tour and they broke the rules and regulations of our tour and now they’re trying to sue us, which is definitely a little frustrating. I heard it was going to happen and I know some guys aren’t surprised to see it, but I’m really surprised to see some guys suing us.”

Scheffler, the only player to have four tour wins this season, including his first major championship at the Masters in April, said legal proceedings will not distract him as he prepares for the FedEx Cup playoffs.

“If they win, come here and play, I mean, that’s something up to the courts,” Scheffler said. “I can’t control what’s going to happen in a court case. Definitely interested, but ultimately it has no effect on my preparation for the week.”

Scheffler said LIV Golf, and in particular which players might still defect to the Saudi-funded tour after this season, remains a hot topic among clubhouse players. Several big-name players have continued to be linked with the tour led by Greg Norman.

“Yeah, to each his own,” Scheffler said. “I’m not going to talk about guys going to LIV and all that speculation. If that’s what they want to do, that’s what they want to do. All I’m going to do is talk from my approach. these guys want to do and if they leave, they won’t leave.”

Over the past few months, Scheffler has made it clear where he plans to play in the future.

“For me, I feel like the PGA Tour is the best place to play,” he said. “My dream was to play on the PGA Tour. My dream was never to maximize my financial benefits. not to go out and do nothing else.”

Michael C. Ford