Phil Mickelson was one of the golfers suspended by the PGA Tour in June after he entered his first LIV Golf event, but it turned out he had been banned by the Tour for months at the time.
A group of golfers LIV filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour on Wednesday. One of the claims made in the lawsuit is that Mickelson was suspended by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan on March 22 for “attempting to recruit players to join the game.” [LIV Golf], ”Among other alleged violations. The suspension was supposed to be for two months, but Mickelson was not reinstated when he applied for it on June 20.
According to the lawsuit, Tour told Mickelson he was banned until at least March 31, 2023 when he apply for reinstatement for the first time. The suspension was later extended to March 31, 2024 after the 52-year-old entered the LIV Golf event in Portland on June 30.
Mickelson voluntarily left golf earlier this year. He apologized after being criticized for some his comments about working with the Saudi-backed LIV federation. He was then suspended along with his other golfers when the PGA Tour issued its initial ruling in June. However, this is the first we’ve heard of Mickelson or anyone else. banned for a minimum period of nearly two years.