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PGA Tour Probe Widens

A US Justice Department probe into the PGA Tour's alleged anticompetitive behavior has expanded to several major institutions in the sport. Reports claim the inquiry now involves the organizers of the prestigious US Open and Masters tournaments, among others.

The investigations come amid the debut of the Saudi Arabian-funded LIV Golf league, a rival series signing lucrative deals with dozens of high-profile players, including stars Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson (see league 101). In its related California lawsuit, LIV alleges the PGA Tour broke antitrust law by threatening players not to join the new series or risk losing a spot even at non-Tour high-stakes events.

The California case is scheduled to go to trial in 2024. In the meantime, the next major tournament is the Masters in April, and its organizer, Augusta National, has not yet indicated whether it would ban LIV-affiliated players from participating.

Read about the Saudi league's aggressive inaugural summer here.

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