On August 3, many professional golfers, including Phil Mickelson, Talor Gooch, and Bryson DeChambeau, filed a Complaint, in federal court, against the PGA Tour. It largely reads like a lawsuit filed to provide relief to LIV Golf, which is upset that the PGA Tour has taken measures to dissuade golfers from playing in the new golf organization.
But one thing that caught my eye with regard to the sports agent industry is a claim surrounding GSE Worldwide, which represents many professional golfers and quite a few who have joined LIV Golf. The Complaint says that, at various points, the PGA Tour has threatened Tour members’ agents and business partners with punishment if the players joined LIV Golf.
“For example, in June and July 2022, the Tour threatened some Plaintiffs’ representatives at GSE Worldwide Management they would lose their credentials to represent any Tour members because several GSE Worldwide Management golfers had elected to join LIV Golf over the Tour’s threats,” states the Complaint.
GSE Worldwide represents multiple plaintiffs who have filed the lawsuit such as DeChambeau, Abraham Ancer, Jason Kokrak, and Carlos Ortiz.
GSE Worldwide has “creamed off millions of dollars in fees for funneling its clients into the Saudi rat trap,” per Eamon Lynch of Golfweek. His words, not mine.