‘They sued us’: Jay Monahan reiterates LIV Golf players not welcome on Tour

ATLANTA — With sweeping changes coming to the PGA Tour, commissioner Jay Monahan made it clear Wednesday that he will not be lifting any suspensions for players who choose to leave for LIV Golf.

“They joined the LIV Golf Series, and they made that commitment,” Monahan said during the Tour Championship. “Most of them have made multi-year commitments.

“As I’ve been clear throughout, every player has a choice, and I respect their choice, but they made it. We made it ours. We’re going to continue to focus on the things we control and become more and more strong.

Nine players, including Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau, have filed an antitrust complaint against the Tour, claiming they were unjustly suspended and that the member organization engages in monopolistic practices. The case is expected to go to trial in early 2024.

Monahan stands firm on LIV Golf player suspensions

Those who joined LIV Golf were immediately suspended by the Tour. These suspensions now continue until at least 2024.

Due to ongoing litigation, Monahan would not comment on whether he was considering a potential return for LIV players.

“As for one of the scenarios for LIV players and their return,” he said, “I remind you that we’re in a trial. They sued us. I think talking about hypotheticals at this stage does not make much sense.

The Tour unveiled some schedule changes on Wednesday that will elevate 12 events next year and expand the player impact program to 20 players vying for $100 million in bonuses.

Michael C. Ford