LIV golfers want an injunction to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs. It’s absurd.


Emergency! Emergency! Talor Gooch is asking for an immediate injunction to avoid ‘irreparable damage’ to the mundane golf career he himself harmed. He insists on his right to win $75 million in PGA Tour playoff cash and compete on courses set up to play out against the backdrop of bluebirds singing, even though he defected months ago to collect coffers of bloody Saudi government riyals and halalas. finance for sports. He seeks legal redress for his suffering, before… what? He has to return his private key to TPC Southwind?

Every week, it seems, players such as Gooch – as well as Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and other deserters from the Saudi golf exhibition circuit – manifest new forms of unconsciousness to accompany their greed without remorse. These are not carpenters attacking US Steel to defend the freedom of the worker, as their absurd antitrust lawsuit would have you believe. They are dealbreakers who do exactly what they want for profit. They deliberately joined an unsavory competitor, knowingly violating the terms of their PGA Tour membership, in exchange for unreasonable bribes. They continue to recreate pleasantly for a living, to gamble for heaps of dirty money in pastoral bliss, and to feed generously on a game so undemanding that it is not the slightest inconvenience to grow fat.

Freedom of choice is what they exercised. Norma Raes in gabardine, they are not. And their legal arguments are bubbles blown by conceited beachheads.

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Like the great Fran Lebowitz once told Vanity Fair, there is an “immoral equation”. An immoral equation, as described by Lebowitz, is that the privileged “equate their fate” with truly oppressed people. That’s what we have here with these empty legal claims – an immoral equation.

These supposedly downtrodden traders accuse the PGA Tour of being a “monopolist” seeking to restrain them. “The purpose of this action is to reverse anti-competitive PGA Tour rules and practices that prevent these independent golfers from playing when and where they choose,” a statement said last week.

First of all, who among the living will work, or play, when and where we choose?

Second, a monopolist exercises exclusive possession or control of something and prevents others from engaging in it. No one stopped Gooch and his fellow opportunists from plying their trade — last month they were at Donald Trump’s course in Bedminster, NJ, raking in money from their bone-sawing backers. So far, there have been three Saudi-funded events with $25 million in prize money, and Gooch has played in all three, raising $2.83 million for nine days of golf. That’s $314,000 for every 18 holes, uncut. As the PGA Tour attorney argues, Gooch and the others simply ditched the PGA Tour for “a pile of cash.”

So it’s a bit cheeky for Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford to call for emergency relief and claim that the PGA Tour viciously and without fair warning kicks them out of this week’s opening event of the 2019 World Cup Playoffs. FedEx Cup, St. Jude Championship, with its $15 million purse. . The judge, Beth Labson Freeman, will hear arguments Tuesday afternoon in San Jose. His first question should be, What emergency?

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Gooch and company will have to convince the judge that they had no idea two months ago that the suspension was the punishment for betraying other PGA Tour players and participating in Saudi events that conflict with the activities of the tour. They will have to convince her that their case has “merits”. They will have to show convincingly that they will be hurt if they cannot play – and that their injuries would be greater than the injuries inflicted on PGA Tour members who have remained loyal and now have to put up with these deceitful pranksters trying to cut into line.

The judge should throw the request where it belongs: in one of the Trump overloaded toilet. And the antitrust suit should be thrown down the same black pipe.

“Despite knowing full well that they would violate Tour rules and be suspended for it, the plaintiffs joined the competing golf league…which paid them tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money provided by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to procure their breaches,” reads the PGA Tour’s motion to the contrary. end of the Tour season [FedEx Cup] Playoffs, an action that would harm all members of the Tour who play by the rules.

Since when do contract breakers deserve legal redress from the very people they sold out? No wonder loyal veterans are beginning to show distaste for defectors. Joel Dahmen tweeted“Looks like some people want their cake and eat it [too]. Please stay away in your fantasy land. Sincerely, most players on the circuit.