PGA Tour, US Golf Association, Augusta National Golf Club under DOJ investigation – report

WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – The Augusta National Golf Club, the U.S. Golf Association and the PGA of America are included in the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust investigation into professional golf, according to a Wall Street Journal report released on Wednesday that quotes people familiar with the matter. .

A spokeswoman for the USGA, which is the national governing body for golf in the United States, confirmed to Reuters that the organization has been contacted by the Department of Justice and is fully complying with all requests.

The PGA Tour confirmed in July that it was part of the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation into whether it violated antitrust law by battling rival circuit LIV Golf funded by the Saudi Public Investment Fund.

But the Justice Department’s investigation is broader than previously known, the Journal reported. Augusta National, which hosts the Masters golf tournament each spring in Georgia, produced documents for the Justice Department investigation, these people said.

The Justice Department declined to comment while Augusta National and the PGA of America, which administers the PGA Championship, did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

Six-time major champion Phil Mickelson and 10 other golfers sued the PGA Tour in early August over its decision to suspend them for playing on LIV Golf’s lucrative and controversial new Saudi-backed circuit.

LIV Golf has joined a handful of its players in their antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, according to an amended complaint that showed a number of golfers dropped out of the lawsuit.

Reporting by Diane Bartz, Doina Chiacu and Frank Pingue; Editing by Mark Porter and Jonathan Oatis

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