“To sum up, P.I.F. and Mr. al-Rumayyan recruited players; decided how much to pay them; assured them about their positions and about indemnification from suit by P.I.F.; and controlled the conduct of this litigation undertaken by P.I.F.’s lawyers,” The tour ended with a section that was filled with redactions.

However, tour claimed that the wealth fund misunderstood the agreement and exaggerated its influence. And in a court filing last year, before the tour received a copy of the agreement, the wealth fund’s lawyers said it “does not control LIV’s day-to-day-operations.” Al-Rumayyan signed a sworn declaration stating that the wealth fund only provided for his personal use. “high level oversight” Of LIV.

LIV It is impossible to imagine the trip and it will not be possible to Face each other in trial up to January next year, with the possibility of adding new parties to The litigation may fuel more calls to This timeline can be extended.

It is not unusual for the tour to seek a variety of evidence in support of his case. On Monday, the tour filed a statement. LIV Specific reasons why six close-knit people needed copies of communication to The tour — five board members and a former commissioner — and certain members of Augusta National Golf Club, which organizes the Masters Tournament and has been swept into the Justice Department’s inquiry into antitrust concerns in men’s golf.

“A central component of the tour’s scheme to foreclose competition from LIV was to threaten golfers, other tours, vendors, broadcasters, sponsors and virtually any other third parties if they did business with LIV,” the SaudiCircuit financed “Discovery has shown that the tour delivered these threats not only through its own executives and employees, but by dispatching other influential persons on its behalf.”

LIVJust before it was redacted, it said that “the threat of a change in relationship with Augusta’s members was used as a stick to discourage one of the top golfers in the world from joining LIV.”

According to the file, the tour claimed that LIV’s request “goes well beyond the issues in this case, imposes an undue burden on third parties, and exceeds the bounds of relevant and proportional discovery.”

Augusta National announced in December it wouldn’t change the guidelines that govern Masters invitations for its 2023 event. It also opened the doors to more than 12 other Masters tournaments. LIV Players, six of which were Masters winner in the past. to Compete this April

Kevin Draper Participatory reporting