Leave to LIV and its highly-paid barristers to come up with more rumor/innuendo in this ongoing, seemingly never-ending battle with the PGA Tour.
The latest tub of hogwash just happens to be the accusation from LIV attorneys that there was some sort of plot/secret meeting/hush-hush huddle behind closed doors prior to the December 10 made-for-television exhibition at the stately Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida.
LIV thinks the heads of the governing bodies were there to further plot against LIV.
Elliot Peters, a member of the PGA Tour’s legal team, gave it the total denial and termed the claim “shameless.” “The meeting last week — they are relying on a press story they planted in the press — it is complete fiction,” Peters said.
He was hard to spot, but standing in the night shadows at “The Match” was Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley. He had good reason to be there. He’s a member at The Pelican and the owners who spent north of $30 million to create the club, are law clients of Ridley and his Tampa-based law firm — Foley & Lardner.
While LIV was throwing out the hogwash, it also asked for and received a name change for the lawsuit against the PGA Tour. It was originally Mickelson et al vs. PGA Tour but now the new name is Jones et al vs. PGA Tour — as in Matt Jones, one of three remaining plaintiffs along with LIV Golf.
The schedule trial date is January 8, 2023 but the way things are going, that could well be pushed back to later in the new year.
Korn Ferry Tour Players Get Good News:
This one basically falls under the “common sense” category.
The Korn Ferry Tour announced this week that starting in 2023, KFT members who earn FedEx Cup points or get into and make the cut at the U.S. Open, will have those points count toward points on the KFT.
The rule change, which was approved by the PGA Tour policy board and KFT player advisory council, is meant to avoid penalizing KFT members for qualifying for the U.S. Open, which often coincides with the KFT’s Wichita Open and forces players to miss a valuable week on their main tour.
More often, the ability to use FedExCup points toward the KFT standings will improve players’ priority rankings should they indeed graduate from the KFT that season.
John Daly Set For Knee Replacement Surgery:
John Daly limped his way around the Ritz Carlton Golf Club last week at the PNC Championship.
Daly is scheduled for left knee replacement surgery today.
Daly, who has been competing on the Champions Tour, will probably spend the next 90-100 days rehabbing before he returns to the senior circuit.