LIV Golfers lost a battle in court with the PGA Tour, keeping them from the FedEx Cup playoffs Jul 31, 2022; Bedminster, New Jersey, USA; Dustin Johnson and caddy Austin Johnson take the podium after finishing in 3rd place at the LIV Golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

The PGA Tour scored a victory in the courtroom on Tuesday as it relates to LIV Golf Series players participating in the upcoming FedEx Cup Playoffs.

LIV golfers had attempted to file a temporary restraining order against the PGA Tour, which would have allowed them to participate in the playoffs, which open on Thursday with the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis. But judge Beth Labson Freeman ruled against them, saying “I find the plaintiffs have not established irreparable harm.”

LIV Golf has been a hot-button issue since well before its first event teed off. This ruling was no different, with many in the golf world weighing in on judge Labson Freeman’s ruling.

It’s been a busy day in this ongoing battle. LIV Golf reportedly poached British Open champion Cameron Smith away. It was also reported that the high initial contracts and purses in the individual LIV events aren’t quite as lucrative as they initially seemed.

It’s hard to feel too much sympathy for the LIV golfers here. Casual golf fans understood that being restricted from PGA Tour events was a drawback of joining LIV Golf. Certainly the golfers knew that this was the case.

The majors will remain different, as those are not operated by the PGA Tour. But as time goes by and these golfers begin to lose many of their qualifying methods for majors, the LIV Golfers playing in those four events will dwindle, as well.

Ultimately, this isn’t the final battle. Unless an agreement is ultimately reached, we’ll undoubtedly see future court fights in the future. But the PGA Tour definitely has a big win not only with this battle but also with the precedent it sets for future fights.

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