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LIV Golf says Condoleezza Rice worked to prevent DOJ probe of PGA Tour

Jan 24 (Reuters) – Former US Secretary of State and Augusta National member Condoleezza Rice attempted to use her influence to stop the US Department of Justice from launching an anti-trust investigation into the PGA Tour, rival circuit LIV Golf said.

The Saudi-backed upstart league made the assertion in a California federal court as part of the anti-trust lawsuit it filed against the PGA last year.

It is requesting the court grant subpoenas for communications between PGA officials and Rice and other members of Augusta National Golf Club, home of the prestigious Masters tournament.

An attorney for the PGA Tour and the US Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Rice could not be reached for a request for comment.

“The glimpses LIV has seen of Augusta members’ involvement in the Tour’s alleged illegal conduct reveal why the Tour and its directors seek to conceal these communications from discovery,” LIV said in the filing on Monday.

LIV golfers who have been barred from the PGA Tour were ultimately invited to compete at this year’s Masters, which begins on April 6. read more

Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles

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Rory Carroll

Thomson Reuters

Los Angeles-based sports reporter who interviews the most influential athletes and executives in the world. Covers breaking news ranging from the highs of championship victories to the lows of abuse scandals. My work highlights the ways in which sports and the issues of race, gender, culture, finance, and technology intersect.