LIV Golf's legal battle takes another juicy turn as four more players including Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter get cold feet

And then there were three. In another huge turn of events, Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter and two more LIV golfers have dropped out of the antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour.

The Ryder Cup duo were among 11 initial players to sue the circuit back in August after they were banned indefinitely for competing in the breakaway league.

But now, despite being two of the forerunners of LIV Golf since its inception, Mickelson and Poulter – alongside Talor Gooch and Hudson Swafford – have followed the decision of four others to remove themselves from the impending law case.

Only Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Jones and Peter Uihlein remain as the players to have their names including in the lawsuit, which isn’t scheduled to take place until 2024.

The news comes just one week after Mickelson hinted he would be U-turning from the lawsuit despite having his name penned all over the documents. Prior to teeing up at LIV Golf Chicago, Lefty claimed the court case was no longer “necessary for me to get involved”.

Having followed through, Mickelson and co join Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Pat Perez and Jason Kokrak in pulling their names from the case.

A date for summary judgement has been set for July 23, 2023, where the PGA Tour will likely seek to dismiss the case. Any trial will not begin until 2024.

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George Cooper

A golf fanatic his entire life, George Cooper is NCG's man for all goings-on at the top level of the game, whether it's the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA or LIV Golf. He also looks after NCG's Twitter and Facebook accounts. George is a member of Woburn, but is not friends with Ian Poulter.

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